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Fish Deck

Waynesboro’s Main Street organization, WDDI is planning to construct a riverside observation deck along a scenic downtown section of the South River. The deck will be built behind the Dominion Virginia Power Pavilion at Constitution Park. In this location, several river access points and greenway trail resources intersect.

To seed this project, two initial grants have been received. These include a $5,000 grant from CSX Corporation and a $2500 grant from the Virginia Main Street program in Richmond. Additional corporate and community donations of $7,000 have recently been raised to bring this exciting new project to fruition.

The observation deck will be built into a moderately sloped, lightly wooded riverbank location. The deck will be sited about 30 feet behind the Dominion Pavilion and 15 feet inland from the river’s edge. The Pavilion hosts several popular riverfront festivals each year, including Riverfest, the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival and numerous other special events, corporate gatherings and picnics.

The deck has been artfully designed in the shape of a fish native to South River. Plans include interpretive signage for fish/wildlife resources as well as sponsor signage crediting CSX and other sponsors. A professional engineer has prepared detailed drawings of the deck, including color renderings and construction plans. Upon completion, this unique one-of-a-kind deck will be a strong attractor of outdoor tourism to Waynesboro. We also believe it will become a very popular stop along the adjacent greenway trail, which opened in spring 2012.

The deck will be built using high quality composite lumber. It addition to long life span, this product does not cup or warp, is stain-resistant and can accommodate curved banding and other special features. Upon completion, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department will maintain the deck. It will also be widely promoted to local and regional visitors by our tourism department. The “Waynesboro Fish-Deck” promises to be a strong new attraction; and enhances our best natural asset – the South River.

(Donations may be made to: WDDI, Fish-Deck Project, 301 W. Main St, Waynesboro, VA 22980. Phone 540.942.6705, WDDI is a 501c3 organization, all donations are tax-deductible)


Donor List

Fish-Deck Corporate Donors
CSX Corporation
McKee Foods
Hershey Chocolate
Kline’s Dairy Bar
Allied Concrete
Segars Engineering

Fish-Deck Community & Individual Donors
Virginia Main Street (VMS) Program
Waynesboro Kiwanis
Waynesboro Rotary Club
Virginia Fly Fishing Festival (FFF) Fund
Riverfest Fund
Tom Carlsson Family
Stacy Strawn Family
Barger Jeutter-Robertson Family
James Wilson
Karen Warren


Fish Deck