City Edition May 2017

Walk & Roll Winston-Salem, Cycling Classic Joining Forces for National Bike Month
Ribbon Cutting Scheduled for New Sprayground
Collection Changes for Memorial Day Holiday
Recreation Centers Holding Open Houses
City Sponsoring Bidding & Estimating Seminar for M/WBE Contractors
May is Historic Preservation Month
Community Emergency Response Training Offered
Police Chief Barry Rountree Announces Retirement Plans
Police Accepting Applications for Youth Citizens' Police Academy

Walk & Roll Winston-Salem, Cycling Classic Joining Forces for National Bike Month

Winston-Salem’s two biggest biking events are joining forces for National Bike Month when the Walk & Roll Winston-Salem family bike and pedestrian fair is held in conjunction with the final day of the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic on May 29. Walk & Roll Winston-Salem will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, next to the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic road race course and the Cycling Classic festivities at Bailey Park. READ MORE

Bike Month in Winston-Salem

Ribbon Cutting Scheduled for New Sprayground

City residents are invited to join city officials this week in cutting the ribbon for a new "sprayground" at Little Creek Park. The ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, May 5 at 600 Foxcroft Drive.

Spraygrounds are water playgrounds with fixtures and fountains that spray water. Unlike the water play areas at Kimberley Park and Bolton pools, there is no standing water in a sprayground, making them inherently safer for children and a popular alternative to swimming pools.

Hathaway Park sprayground, which is set to open soon

Collection Changes for Memorial Day Holiday

City offices will be closed Monday, May 29, for the Memorial Day holiday. CityLink 311, the city’s citizen service call center, will not be staffed but non-911 emergency calls will be forwarded to on-call staff with the appropriate department. Requests for routine information or services may be submitted by email, the city website and the CityLink 311 mobile application for processing the next day. All yard-waste cart and recycling collections will be postponed one day. There will be no change in garbage collections. For more information call CityLink 311.

Recreation Centers Holding Open Houses

Four city recreation centers are holding open houses May 13 to gather feedback from the communities they serve and promote the programs they offer. The open houses will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Carl H. Russell Sr. Recreation Center, 3521 Carver School Road; 14th Street Community Recreation Center, 2020 N.E. 14th St.; Polo Park Community Recreation Center, 1850 Polo Road; and Sprague Street Community Recreation Center, 1350 E. Sprague St. READ MORE

Carl Russell Recreation Center

City Sponsoring Bidding & Estimating Seminar for M/WBE Contractors

"Bidding & Estimating 101," a free two-evening seminar to help minority- and women-owned contractors in the building trades improve their bidding and estimating process, will be held May 17 and 18 at the Enterprise Center, 1922 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Winston-Salem.

The seminar will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. both nights and will cover such topics as responding to solicitations, estimating projects, preparing and submit bids, insurance requirements, submitting bids for city projects, upcoming school-bond construction projects, best practices and more. READ MORE

May is Historic Preservation Month

Historic Preservation Month is being observed in May with lectures, walking and trolley tours of historic sites, the unveiling of two new local historic markers and more. The Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission will unveil a historic marker at 3 p.m. May 7 for the Samuel and Sarah Stauber Farm at 6085 Bethania-Tobaccoville Road and at 1 p.m. May 20 for the Brothers Spring and the African School in what is now Happy Hill Park. READ MORE

Stauber farm, which will receive historic marker in May 2017

Community Emergency Response Training Offered

The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Office of Emergency Management is offering a basic training course for community emergency response teams June 9-11 at the Griffith Fire Department, 5190 Peters Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem. CERT members are trained to take care of themselves and help others in their communities for the first three days following a disaster. READ MORE

Police Chief Barry Rountree Announces Retirement Plans

Barry D. Rountree, Winston-Salem’s chief of police since 2013, announced that he will retire Sept. 1, having served the citizens of Winston-Salem for 29 and a half years. "I have had a very rewarding career," Rountree said. "I have been able to serve in nearly every sworn position in the department, and now it is time to turn the reins over to the next generation of leadership."

City Manager Lee Garrity praised Rountree for enhancing public safety "while avoiding the community-trust challenges that other communities have faced." Garrity said he will begin the process to select the next chief by consulting with the mayor, members of the City Council, police employees and community leaders. READ MORE

Portrait of Police Chief Barry Rountree

Police Accepting Applications for Youth Citizens' Police Academy

The Winston-Salem Police Department is now accepting applications for the Youth Citizens' Police Academy. The program is offered to young men and women, ages 16 or older, who are interested in learning about the Winston-Salem Police Department or a career in law enforcement. There is no cost to participate.

The Youth Citizens' Police Academy will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 26-30 at the Alexander R. Beaty Public Safety Training and Support Center, 1200 N. Patterson Ave. Lunch will be provided. The application deadline is May 30. For more information call Officer Claudia Morgan at 336-408-8126 or send an email to

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Garbage, recycling, yard-waste cart collection changes for holiday weeks

City Edition 2017 

For more information about these stories, or to report problem or request services, call CityLink at 336-727-8000 or 311 in Winston-Salem.

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