City News

City Edition October 2017
  • Winston-Salem Joining What Works Cities Initiative
  • "Trail of Treats" for Kids & Families Coming Oct. 13 to Bolton Park
  • Volunteers Needed for Roots Day
  • Applications Available for City of Winston-Salem University
  • Community Emergency Response Training Offered
  • Nominations Open for Community Appearance Awards
  • Historic Marker for 14th Street School Unveiled

District 1 Police Station Ribbon Cutting

Cutting the ribbon: City officials celebrated the completion last month of two more public safety bond projects. On Sept. 26 they held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the District One police station on North Point Boulevard (pictured). Three days later they held another ribbon cutting to mark the completion of the Phase II improvements to the Alexander R. Beaty Public Safety Training and Support Center.

What Works Cities graphic

Winston-Salem Joining What Works Cities Initiative

Winston-Salem has been accepted into the What Works Cities project, an initiative of Bloomberg Philanthropies to help 100 mid-sized American cities enhance their use of data and evidence to improve services, inform local decision-making and engage residents.

The initiative will focus on two areas:

  • Developing an open data policy for Winston-Salem to promote transparency and accountability in government by making data readily available and easy to understand; and
  • Developing a framework for using data to make decisions, manage performance and align the city budget with city priorities.

City officials plan to apply what they learn to all aspects of city government in general, and in particular to the six focus areas in the strategic plan the City Council adopted in May. As an initial step, they will target the city's strategic focus area of fostering livable neighborhoods. READ MORE

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 Oct. 13-15 at the Little Creek Neighborhood Center, 610 Foxcroft Drive, 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 in the event that emergency responders are overwhelmed or unable to reach a neighborhood. LEARN MORE

Emergency Management logo

"Trail of Treats" for Kids & Families Coming Oct. 13 to Bolton Park

The Winston-Salem Recreation and Parks Department is holding its second annual "Trail of Treats," a free Halloween-themed community resource fair for elementary-age children and their families, on Friday, Oct. 13, at Bolton Park, 1590 Bolton St. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., more than 40 information booths operated by non-profits, community and youth organizations and county agencies will be set up in the park for kids to participate in a game or other activity and win a treat or prize. While the kids are enjoying the activities, their parents or caregivers can learn about resources for families with children, such as school nutrition programs, scouts and after-school programs. Children are encouraged to come in their Halloween costumes. READ MORE

Volunteers Needed for Roots Day

Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful is looking for volunteers to assist with Community Roots Day, which will be held Oct. 21. From 9 a.m. to noon volunteers will help plant over 400 trees in the Atwood Acres neighborhood. The first 250 volunteers will receive free T-shirts and hats and all volunteers get a free lunch. SIGN UP

City of Winston-Salem University logo

Applications Available for City of Winston-Salem University

The city is accepting applications for the next class of "City of Winston-Salem University," to be held for 12 weeks starting Feb. 1, 2018. City of Winston-Salem University gives citizens a better understanding of city government, including the responsibilities of various city departments and the city's role in the community. The application deadline is Dec. 29. READ MORE

Nominations Open for Community Appearance Awards

The Community Appearance Commission is seeking nominations for the 2018 Community Appearance Awards. Nominations should be made for places, projects or individuals in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County that contribute positively to our community's appearance. Nominations must be received by Oct. 6, 2017. More information and a nomination form are available at the Community Appearance Commission website at

Historic Marker for 14th Street School Unveiled

A local historic marker commemorating the 14th Street School was unveiled Sept. 16 at 1215 N. Cameron Ave. The original school building, completed in 1924 to serve African American residents, was built in the Classical Revival style and was four stories high, making it a landmark in the thriving African-American neighborhood along East 14th Street. Additions doubled its size and by the late 1930s the school had more than 40 teachers serving more than 1,100 students. The school closed in 1973 and the building was used as offices for the school system until it was demolished in 1977.

See all public meetings on the website calendar

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.

Connect with Us


City Government

Allen Joines

City Council
Vivian H. Burke, Mayor Pro Tempore
Denise D. Adams
Dan Besse
Robert C. Clark
John C. Larson
Jeff MacIntosh
Derwin L. Montgomery
James Taylor, Jr.

City Manager
Lee D. Garrity

Actions: E-mail | Permalink |

Citizen Notification System

City Link 311