The City of Waynesboro and the Department of Parks and Recreation are excited to announce the redesign of Constitution Park in the heart of downtown Waynesboro. After the renovation, the South River Preserve (SRP) will emerge as a signature 11 acre park along the banks of the South River. The park will maximize water quality treatment using practices such as bio-retention, permeable pavers, compost soil amendments and native plantings. Additional features will include improved in-stream and riparian habitats, fishing and river access points, increased tree canopy and pollinator meadow trails. The restoration and replacement of these natural resources will be woven into an active park setting, home to a variety of special events and the South River Greenway. The project will be funded through the DuPont – Waynesboro Natural Resources Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) Fund.
Invista has donated additional properties to the City which will be incorporated into the South River Preserve project. This is an additional 14+/- acres composed of the large "Invista" parking lot currently being used for Greenway parking off Short Street and another parcel across the river adjacent to Rockfish Run which is a small tributary of the South River.
In 2019 the City put out a Request for Proposals to select a design/engineering team. Numerous proposals were received and four teams were interviewed. At the end of the process Anhold Associates was selected. Their team includes Timmons Group as well as Dr. Dan Cristol, David Hirschman, Bushman Dreyfus Architects, and HugoRender. They will work with stakeholder groups to refine the initial conceptual plan beginning in early 2020. A complete timeline is currently in development. However, the current NRDAR award has a performance period ending December 2023. This is the expected project completion time frame.