Waynesboro has quite a "fish story" to tell, and this one's about the largest bass you're likely to see. It's actually a fish-shaped observation deck that will give visitors a view of the South River.
Aptly named the Fish Deck, the roughly 20-foot wide structure is being built in the shape and color of a rock bass, a fish native to the South River. Backers call this project a bit of whimsy, but it does have a serious mission of helping link downtown Waynesboro to a major natural asset.
Construction crews began work on the Fish Deck a few weeks ago, and expect to have it ready later this month. Built of composite lumber, the structure will serve as a river observation platform in Constitution Park.
"When we started WDDI, we looked at what our assets were, different from other communities, and we decided it was the river," said WDDI Executive Director Kimberly Watters. "So for the last 12 years, we've been working on making the river and downtown connect. It's all part of a big picture and long-range plan, and it's finally coming to visible fruition."
The project has a price tag of about $15,000. Most of that's already been raised through individual and corporate donations. Click here to see Waynesboro Fish Deck's Facebook page, which contains construction updates and information on how to donate to the cause.