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Waynesboro Fundraising for Campground Shelter Upgrade

Posted: Updated: May 13, 2013 06:16 PM EDT
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The city of Waynesboro is kicking off a fundraising campaign to upgrade its campground for hikers following the Appalachian Trail. Plans call for a solar-powered shelter to give visitors a place to recharge before continuing their trek.

Waynesboro is an officially designated Appalachian Trail community.

The city's parks department and downtown development group are taking donations for the project they say will make Waynesboro an even friendlier trail town for hikers.

The shelter would move from Constitution Park to the Appalachian Trail campground along the greenway. Right now, the campground is a field with a few benches and a port-a-potty.

The city plans to outfit the relocated shelter with solar panels to power charging stations - where hikers can plug in cell phones and electronics. The shelter would also provide space for hikers to tie-up hammocks and take cover during storms.

"We've heard from hikers that we're one of the friendliest trail towns around, and certainly this will enhance their experience," said Dwayne Jones, director of Waynesboro Department of Parks and Recreation. "These folks are not from around here, so I think they'll be surprised to have a neat solar power station and a place to get out of the weather."

The city is working with Waynesboro-based Sigora Solar. The entire shelter move and makeover will cost about $3,000.

The parks director hopes to have enough funding to move the shelter within the next month since hiking season is well underway. The city is accepting donations online through PayPal.

If you'd like to donate, click here.

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