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Re-opening of Roanoke's Elmwood Park will be delayed

Published On: Jul 25 2013 03:27:03 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 25 2013 03:27:22 PM EDT
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The re-opening of Roanoke’s Elmwood Park will be delayed by a month, the city announced Thursday afternoon.

According to a news release from the City of Roanoke, the delays were caused by weather.

As a result, the date for the first event at Elmwood Park has been pushed back to Saturday, Oct. 19. The first event is Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Southwest Virginia Ballet’s performance of “Peter and the Wolf.”

Additionally, construction at the Library Terrace is expected to be finished in November. The city is planning a special event for spring 2014 to kick off the festival season.

Here is the news release from the City of Roanoke:

Roanoke, VA - The City of Roanoke announces that the completion of the Elmwood Park Improvement Project will be delayed by approximately one month, barring any unforeseen weather challenges. This delay is the result of weather conditions which prevented the contractor from working on the construction site.

As a result, the date set for the first event in the park has been rescheduled to Saturday, Oct. 19. On that date, the city's Parks and Arts Program will conclude its series of activities with a performance of "Peter and the Wolf" by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and the Southwest Virginia Ballet, which will be the first performance in the park's amphitheater.

Other performers and visual art activities will also be showcased as part of the activities.

Local contractors are working diligently to finish the project. In addition, construction of the Library Terrace is ongoing and the
completion of this component of the park is projected for November. A special event to be held in the park is in the early planning stages and will be scheduled for spring 2014 to kick off the festival season.