In 2001, the City adopted a city-wide greenway plan. Since that time, 1.2 miles of the South River Greenway has been constructed and is 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.
In 2018 the City was awarded a VDOT Transportation Alternatives grant to design and construct the section of Greenway from its current terminus in the Port Republic Neighborhood to Bridge Avenue at North Park.
This section of trail is being built in conjunction with Stream Bank Remediation work being completed by DuPont. The City is working closely with this group to develop a strategic approach to the projects which maximizes the benefit to the greenway project. Access roads for the remediation will follow the desired greenway route and be built in such a way to be left in order to serve as a base for the multi-use trail of the greenway.
The City with the help of the engineering firm, McCormick Taylor is currently working on Right of Way and reviewing remediation plans. Current estimates have construction beginning in earnest in 2021.
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.
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 which is currently under review. Notice of Award, if granted will come in October of 2020 at which time work will begin immediately. The pandemic has delayed the award of VDOT funds. We hope to find out if an award has been made to this project later in 2021.