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Grand opening, dedication ceremony set for Waynesboro’s Sunset Park

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Photo courtesy Waynesboro Parks & Recreation

Sunset Park will officially open to the public next week with a grand opening and dedication ceremony.

Waynesboro Parks and Recreation said the grand opening is planned for Tuesday, June 4, at noon. A dedication ceremony will take place at 7 p.m., and the public is encouraged to stay for the sunset.

Kona Ice will be on hand for the celebration from noon to 1:30 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The former landfill location has been closed to the public during the 14 months of construction.

“After over a decade of planning and a year of construction, we are very excited to open this amazing park on what was once an active landfill that is now a place of great beauty,” said Dwayne Jones, Parks and Recreation director.

The 107-acre property off North Winchester Avenue has been repurposed with an overlook, pavilion, restrooms and a walking/biking trail.

Location and hours

Sunset Park will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Sunset Park is located at 300 N. Winchester Ave. behind the recycling center on Delphine.

Wayfinding signs have been installed to make finding the park easier.

Wings Over Waynesboro

The Parks and Recreation Department has also announced the first public event planned for the park.

On June 15, the city will host an event titled “Wings Over Waynesboro.”

  • Gates open at 3:30 p.m. with music, beer and wings
  • The Skillbillys and JPA and the Flood will perform
  • Holy Smokes BBQ of Virginia and Shredders BBQ will serve up the wings
  • Basic City brews available
  • Pet-friendly for well-behaved leashed pets

Tickets are $15 each and include a souvenir cup. Kids 16 and under are free with a paid adult.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit playwaynesboro.com

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Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.