Pittsylvania County Parks and Recreation has been awarded two large grants for the renovation of Wayside Park in the northern part of the county just outside the Town of Hurt. Danville Regional Foundation (DRF) has awarded a $306,540 grant and J. T. – Minnie Maude Charitable Trust has awarded a $100,000 grant. Both grants will be paid out over the next two years. These grants are part of the $713,000 park renovation project of which $563,000 has been obtained in grant funding to make the renovation a reality. Other grants include the Virginia Outdoors Foundation and GameTime Playgrounds. Pittsylvania County has also committed $150,000 to the project.
Parks and Recreation Director, Mark Moore, is excited to get started on the park improvements, “Wayside Park is a revered location for the northern Pittsylvania County community and is a wonderful recreational asset for the county. Just mentioning the park to residents elicits stories, smiles and fond memories of family outings and school field trips there.” Moore continued, “To be able to breathe new life back into the park is exciting.”
Wayside Park is a 50-acre park originally built in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) under direction of the National Pqrk Service and the Virginia Department of Highways as a recreation area and rest stop for travelers. Wayside is one of seven waysides built in Virginia by the CCC. The park was deeded over to the county in 1983 by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and sets on land once owned by the Hurt Family including the Town of Hurt’s namesake, John L. Hurt, and former United States Congressman Robert Hurt. Existing park features include a wooden, hanging bridge, stacked-stone grills, restroom and a large shelter. Park improvements include creation of walking trails and the addition of a playground, restroom, small amphitheater, new signage and outdoor pickleball courts, to name a few.
The renovation project is set to begin later this year and will take two years to complete.