The City of Waynesboro landfill was closed in 2003 in accordance with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality requirements. The 107-acre property includes approximately 17 acres composed of the closed landfill. The goal of the City is to provide public access to this area for passive recreational uses and the development of a trail system for walking and mountain biking. A decade after the closure the City began taking steps to this end, utilizing the services of the Community Design Assistance Center from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to help develop a master plan for the development of ’Sunset Park’.
In the last several years the City resolved to recognize the property as a park which would allow it to pursue grant funding for the creation of the park. In 2018, the City of Waynesboro received a VDOT Recreation Access Grant to make vital upgrades to the existing gravel road leading up to the top of the landfill. They also contracted with Wiley Wilson and the LPDA design team to develop a conceptual design (see below) for the park based on the original master plan. The design team is currently working on developing construction documents.
The design consists of the following elements:
Road access improvements
Stormwater repairs and upgrades
Paved parking lot
Additionally, mountain bike trails are currently being planned/developed by the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition. This effort is being undertaken with grant funding the organization has received through various sources.
Images Below: Top- Clip of Upper Park Area from 95% Construction Plans; Middle- Clip of Entrance Area from 95% Construction Plans; Bottom- Early conceptual drawing of the upper park area.