Waynesboro announces next steps for South River Preserve Project

Updated: Nov. 25, 2019 at 3:51 PM EST
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WAYNESBORO, V.A. (WVIR) - Waynesboro is announcing next steps for the South River Preserve Project -- the major overhaul of a site contaminated by mercury.

A total of 26 acres, including Constitution Park, will be restored for wildlife and serve as a public park. The $2.6 million project is funded by a larger settlement with Dupont for mercury contamination at the site.

The city has formed a team to study the area's needs to support birds and fish. The group will also get public feedback to create a new space for the community.

“This will be a project that has state-wide significance, because of the amount of transformation that's gonna take place right here in downtown Waynesboro,” said Dwayne Jones of Waynesboro Parks & Recreation.

The group will get feedback early next year as it works on a master plan. Construction is slated to begin in 2021.

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