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WDDI seeks help on new Fish-Deck

Waynesboro Downtown Development Inc. is working on plans for a riverside observation deck downtown – and is asking for your help to bring the project to reality.

The effort to build what will be called the Waynesboro Fish-Deck has already won approval of grants from CSX and Virginia Main Street to the tune of $7,500. WDDI is now working to raise $20,000 in corporate and community donations.

The deck is planned for the area of the Dominion Virginia Power Pavilion in Constitution Park. The observation deck will be built into a moderately sloped, lightly wooded riverbank location.  The deck will be sited about 30 feet behind the Dominion Pavilion and 15 feet inland from the river’s edge. The Pavilion hosts several popular riverfront festivals each year, including Riverfest, the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival and numerous other special events, corporate gatherings and picnics.

The deck has been artfully designed in the shape of a fish native to South River. Plans include interpretive signage for fish/wildlife resources as well as sponsor signage crediting CSX and other sponsors. A professional engineer has prepared detailed drawings of the deck, including color renderings and construction plans.

The deck will be built using high quality Trex composite lumber. The Trex Transcends product specified is well-known for its attractive appearance and overall durability. In addition to a long life span, this product does not cup or warp, is stain-resistant and can accommodate curved banding and other special features.

Upon completion, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department will maintain the deck. It will also be widely promoted to local and regional visitors by the city tourism department.

Contact Tom Carlsson (540.946.9230, t_carlsson@wrha.org) to explore how your organization might help WDDI bring this exciting new project to fruition.