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Waynesboro Planners to Hold Hearing on Greenway Extension

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Waynesboro is working on a new design for an extension of the city's greenway. Planners want to hear from people who walk, bike, or just relax along the riverside path.

The $900,000 phase two will connect two parks in the city. Planners are encouraging people who use the greenway to come out to a public hearing Thursday night and help design the second stretch.

Suzanne Scheetz frequently pounds the greenway's pavement with her walking partner Joe Kornicke.   

"We're out here three or four times a week at least," said Scheetz.

The two take their morning stroll along the South River on the Waynesboro Greenway.

"It's a bucolic setting. You can hear the rustling of the brook and everything. It's like music to the ears," said Kornicke.  

But when they hit just shy of nine-tenths of a mile they have to stop and turn around.  The greenway's first phase from Loth Springs dead-ends in Constitution Park.   

"We hear that constantly that folks want more.  Right now, they have to turn around and go back. I think people would continue on," said Dwayne Jones, director of Waynesboro's Department of Parks and Recreation.

Right now, the city is planning phase two of the project. A 1.2 mile paved path will wind its way under the Main and Broad Street bridges, through the Port Republic neighborhood to North Park.

"It's a great connection to really cap off some of the work the city's done in North Park," said Jones.

The proposed route cuts across several private properties along the river – which is why the city wants to hear from the community during a design public hearing Thursday night.

"We want to hear from all of those neighbors, and folks that use it now, and folks who will hopefully want to see it continue," said Jones.

Kornicke is looking forward to a change of pace.    

"It'll give me an opportunity to walk a little more down here and see the sights. I'm quite familiar with the sights up there," said Kornicke.  

And maybe even a longer walk through Waynesboro.  

"It gives you a safe, scenic place to walk. And it certainly is used. We meet a lot of people when we're walking," said Scheetz.

The public hearing runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday in City Council chambers.

Waynesboro hopes to start construction early next year.

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