In 2001, the City adopted a city-wide greenway plan. Since that time, 2 miles of the South River Greenway have been constructed and are utilized daily by pedestrians, cyclists, and those looking for river access (anglers and paddlers). The 2018 Comprehensive Plan furthered the commitment of the City to building on this early success. Goals have been laid out to connect Ridgeview Park to Basic Park by extending the South River Greenway and making a critical regional connection between downtown and the Crozet Tunnel Trail by way of the Jones Hollow Trail. The City recognizes every investment in trails will be a force multiplier for property values in the City and that having a connected community allows for a higher quality of life for the residents.
Greenway Phase 2B- Port Republic to North Park- NOW COMPLETE!
In 2018 the City was awarded a VDOT Transportation Alternatives grant to design and construct the section of Greenway from the Port Republic Neighborhood to Bridge Avenue at North Park. This project was completed in September and officially dedicated on September 29, 2022 with a small ceremony.
Greenway Phase 3 - Loth Springs/Ridgeview Park Connector
The City has been awarded $1,000,000 of funding from VDOT to design and construct the next major section of greenway, the Loth Springs/Ridgeview Park Connector Trail. This new section will allow for the safe and scenic connection of two of the City's most popular park facilities, the Greenway and Ridgeview Park.
On June 19, 2019 a Public Input Meeting was held at the Waynesboro Public Library. At this meeting the public was presented with 5 potential routes to make the connection fro Loth Springs to Ridgeview Park (map). The public was invited to submit comment sheets for Council to consider in the selection of a route. The results of the comments showed the Red Route (14th Street) as the favored route. The decision was made to pursue the project along that route.
The City is working with the engineering firm of McCormick Taylor to develop the design of this phase of the greenway.
Greenway Phase 4- North Park to Basic Park
In September of 2019, City Council granted permission to Parks and Recreation to pursue additional funding from VDOT to continue extending the greenway to Basic Park. In October, Parks and Recreation submitted an application that was partially funded in 2021 after a delay brought about by the pandemic. Rinker Design Associates (RDA) was selected to engineer this section of greenway. They will design and help acquire the necessary right-of-way for the project. The City received a subsequent VDOT award to fund the project through construction.