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Roanoke's Newest Park Nearly Complete, Will be First of Its Kind

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It was another busy day for work crews Wednesday as they continued to saw, level, and build away at the city of Roanoke's newest public park.

"We're very pleased we've been able to make this much progress," said Donnie Underwood, a project manager for Roanoke Parks & Recreation.

Underwood is overseeing the completion of Countryside Park, which is located near Ranch Road and Mattaponi Drive in northwest Roanoke. He says after nearly four months of hard work, the park is starting to take shape, and he's excited.

"It will draw people, not only from the neighborhood [here] but from other areas of the town that want to enjoy parks," Underwood said.

The $1.5 million park will be home to a new playground, the city's largest picnic shelter, a field families can play on, a half-mile fitness loop, and an extension of the Lick Run Greenway.

Underwood says there has been a lot of movement in the parks and recreation world recently in terms of what should be included in a modern-day park. Countryside Park is Roanoke's first try at this, and Underwood says that's why you're going to see a lot of new things at this park you don't see at other ones.

For starters, the playground will be ADA compliant. And the pathway around will have a few surprises.

"We'll have some actual musical instruments, some chimes and those types of things where children can hear different sounds and different vibrations," Underwood said.

For the adults, the fitness loop will include stations where they'll be able to work out on outdoor ellipticals and other equipment.

"We wanted to have what we call a multi-generational park," Underwood said. "Whether you're 2 years old or 92 years old, you can come out here and have something to do and enjoy."

As long as the weather cooperates, the park should be open by the end of November.