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City Edition May 2019
  • Downtown Commuters Urged to Avoid Ballpark Area on Game Nights
  • City Pools Start Opening Memorial Day Weekend
  • City Soliciting Suggestions for New Fair Name
  • Walk & Roll Winston-Salem Coming May 27
  • Mayor Announces Think Orange Corporate Investment Fund
  • Police Accepting Applications for Youth Citizens' Police Academy
  • Winston-Salem Selected for "Watch for Me" Campaign

Alternate Routes during Dash games

Downtown Commuters Urged to Avoid Ballpark Area on Game Nights

City officials are urging downtown commuters who go home on First Street to consider alternative routes on work nights when the Dash are at home.

Unlike previous seasons, First Street will not be closed during home games to facilitate the flow of spectators to BB&T Ballpark, said Damon Dequenne, an assistant city manager. "With Business 40 closed through downtown, commuters have to take First Street to get to the on-ramp at Peters Creek Parkway," Dequenne said. "Given that, it is not practical to close First Street as we have in the past." By taking an alternative route home on game nights, commuters can reduce congestion around the ballpark and reduce the potential for accidents involving pedestrians, Dequenne said. READ MORE

City Pools Start Opening Memorial Day Weekend

The city's summer aquatics program gets underway at the end of May when Bolton Pool and Winston Waterworks aquatics park open for the Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26. Bolton will be open 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Winston Waterworks will be open from noon to 6 p.m.

Bolton will open daily for the summer starting June 1. Kimberley Park, Parkland and Polo pools and Winston Waterworks will be open the weekend of June 1-2. All pools and Winston Waterworks will be open the weekend of June 8-9, and will all open daily starting June 12.

City Soliciting Suggestions for New Fair Name

At the request of Mayor Allen Joines and City Council, the Public Assembly Facilities Commission and Fair Planning Committee are inviting members of the public to submit their ideas on a new name for the Dixie Classic Fair, which could take effect in 2020. Suggestions can be submitted through an online survey, through the city's citizen feedback telephone line, or at a public hearing to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, in the Neil Bolton Home & Garden Building on the fairgrounds. The survey is posted though June 3 at Links to the survey are also posted at, at and at Also through June 3, suggestions can be called in to the city’s citizen feedback line at 336-734-1400. READ MORE

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Walk & Roll Winston-Salem Coming May 27

The annual "Walk & Roll Winston-Salem" bicycle and pedestrian celebration returns to Bailey Park on Memorial Day, May 27, with activities, organized bike rides, exhibits and "tactical urbanism" demonstrations, along with the excitement of the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic. Patterson Avenue will be closed between Third and Fifth streets for the festival, and stations will be set up along the street for a bike rodeo, helmet fittings and bike-share demonstrations. Demonstrations of tactical urbanism -- defined as low-cost, temporary changes in urban environments intended to improve neighborhoods and gathering places -- will be held in the parking lot between Third and Fourth streets east of Patterson. Games will be set up in the Bailey Park lawn, and vendors will have booths on the park's upper level. Organized bike rides along Long Branch Trail will begin at 2 and 3 p.m. Parking will be available in the parking deck at Fourth and Church streets.

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Mayor Announces Think Orange Corporate Investment Fund

Mayor Allen Joines has announced the establishment of the Think Orange Corporate Investment Fund to raise $500,000 over five years to sustain the city’s Think Orange campaign to combat hunger once the grant funding the Think Orange campaign runs out. Business and foundation leaders in Winston-Salem agreed to establish the fund during a roundtable meeting Joines convened April 9. It was the second of two roundtable meetings Joines held to brief corporate leaders on the scope of the hunger problem in Winston-Salem. The fund will also receive proceeds from an upcoming Orange Sock community awareness initiative involving Hanesbrands, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools athletics program, Lowes Foods and possibly other local grocery stores. READ MORE

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Police Accepting Applications for Youth Citizens' Police Academy

The Winston-Salem Police Department is accepting applications for the Youth Citizens' Police Academy, to be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 8 - 12 at the Alexander R. Beaty Public Safety Training and Support Center, 1200 N. Patterson Ave. This program is being 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. Topics will include criminal investigations, forensic services, SWAT demonstration, canine demonstration, the firearms training simulator and more. For an application form go to and search for Youth Citizens' Police Academy. The application deadline is June 15. There is no cost to participate.

Winston-Salem Selected for "Watch for Me" Campaign

Winston-Salem has been selected to participate in the state Transportation Department’s "Watch for Me NC" campaign to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety. The program aims to reduce pedestrian and bicycle injuries and deaths through a comprehensive, targeted approach of public education, community engagement, and high-visibility law enforcement. Participating communities receive technical assistance, materials and advertising assistance. The campaign will kick off in late May, to coincide with Bike Month and the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic. READ MORE

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