#LiveLikeaLocal: R&R on the River

I grew up in Waynesboro in the 1970s, when the manufacturing giant DuPont presided over the city like a godfather. Everyone knew someone who worked at the plant, and the research and development that went on there was a matter of pride for the whole community. The critical but silent partner in DuPont’s success was its water source, the South River, which wound its way gracefully through the city. Because DuPont extended its arms along a one-mile stretch of the river, there were only a handful of places within city limits that the public could enjoy the river’s beauty. Ridgeview Park was one—with its duck population and fun steel bridge—but I don’t recall ever dipping a toe into the water, and I never saw anyone paddling a kayak.

Fast forward to the present day, when access to the South River has changed dramatically. In 1987 DuPont donated riverfront land to create Constitution Park along Main Street, opening up a section of river that had previously been restricted; more recently, Parks Recreation installed an adjoining Greenway Trail for pedestrians; wading areas were developed in Ridgeview Park; fly fishing took off; and festivals lauding the river’s majesty began to sprout up. The river changed from an industrial asset to a tranquil spot for rest and relaxation. Continue reading “#LiveLikeaLocal: R&R on the River”

Waynesboro GO – Exploring Parks with Pokémon GO

Released July 6th 2016, Pokémon GO is a hot new app that is taking over the world. Pokémon GO is a free-to-play, location-based, augmented reality mobile game developed by Niantic and published by The Pokémon Company. It encourages players to get outside and walk by using GPS to guide players to Pokémon and Pokéstops so that they can collect, evolve, and battle with their Pokémon. Popular with young children, teens, and adults, it’s the perfect opportunity to explore Waynesboro Parks.

Waynesboro Parks are loaded with Pokéstops, which are places where players can receive items in the game like Poké Balls, Pokémon eggs, and other items. Each of Waynesboro’s five parks offer plenty to do while you’re there. As a bonus, four of the parks are located along the Waynesboro Water Trail, a trail formed by the South River that links city neighborhoods, streets, parks, and downtown. The Waynesboro Water Trail map can be downloaded from www.visitwaynesboro.net. Continue reading “Waynesboro GO – Exploring Parks with Pokémon GO”

A (Disc Golf) Course in Nature

Fox Disc Golf Course borders the dog park at Coyner Springs Park.

If you were to ask me if I enjoyed Frisbee throwing, I would say Sure. If you were to ask if I was skilled at it, I would say No. When I throw a Frisbee, it usually veers off to the right in a tilt like it’s climbing a skyscraper, then plummets to the ground in a donut roll. My children, on the other hand, can whip out a Frisbee with table-top flatness and bulls-eye accuracy at a speed of 95 mph, creating a missile so deadly, you’re afraid to catch it. They can throw underhand and behind their heads with the same result. So when I was offered a chance to try out Waynesboro’s Fox Disc Golf Course, I naturally took them along in order to see how it’s really supposed to be played. Continue reading “A (Disc Golf) Course in Nature”