Waynesboro announces Public Works Day ’13

waynesboro2editsThe City of Waynesboro Public Works Day ’13 is a one-day event taking place on Saturday, May 11, 2013, from 10 am until 2 pm at the city’s former landfill location at 300 N. Winchester Avenue, just off of Delphine Avenue and 6th Street, behind the Recycling Center (shuttle service is available).

This will mark the 14th year that the Waynesboro Department of Public Works has celebrated National Public Works Week with a special Saturday event.  Public Works Week is an annual nationwide event signed into law by John F. Kennedy in 1962 to help educate people of the vital role of local public works departments. This year we will again provide a unique departure from our typical event of the past decade to concentrate on community improvement.

The theme will be Discovering Community Assets Year 2.
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” –
 Mother Teresa.

Our greater initiative goal is to add to the sense of community in Waynesboro by providing a venue for partnership to promote thoughtful community asset management – which will continue this year as we highlight the Landfill past/present/futurethe South River trout hatchery/museum, the Crozet Tunnel, the Appalachian Trail, and the Farmer’s Market.

The Waynesboro Woman’s Club will be sponsoring the second year of cooperative planting of meadow with wildflowers on the top of the landfill. In addition, some of the 100 acres of landfill trails will be open again for the day, featuring a scavenger hunt sponsored by the Virginia Master Naturalists, so that the public can experience this community asset first-hand. In addition to planting and hiking activities, we will offer a unique blend of hands-on activities for children (such as kite making/flying, riding a bike loop, rustic furniture making) and informational presentations for adults (such as permaculture gardening, raw vegan diet, hOURS Economy, composting and other conservation levers, Transition America).

We will feature Mountain Dulcimer & Old-time Banjo Music in honor of the Landfill’s past. We hope that our citizens can discover how the city’s community assets might work together for community improvement, and consider being part of the growing resurgence of activism and responsibility that is emerging in our community.