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P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Grants good news for river enthusiasts

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

We are pleased to see the state giving a helping hand on enhancing two popular river access points in the county. Those points, one at Lynch Park on Old Fort Road and one at the Waid Recreation Park, are both on the Pigg River and are used extensively by canoeists and kayakers.

During the annual Pigg River Ramble, which draws hundreds of boating enthusiasts to the county, the access at Waid Park is used as the put-in point and the take-out access is at Lynch Park. Both access points are in dire need of upgrading, and these two $10,000 grants from the state will help do just that.

The grants are two of 15 granted statewide (totaling $440,900) by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to improve boating access to the public waters in the state.

Franklin County is fortunate to have two rivers, the Pigg and the Blackwater, as well as two lakes, Smith Mountain and Philpott. Public access to all is important, of course, so these upgrades will be very welcome. Not only do residents enjoy taking advantage of the rivers and lakes, they are also tourist destinations.

More and more people from out of the area are attending such events as the Pigg River Ramble weekend, which also includes two "floats" down the Blackwater River. It would be great to have convenient and user-friendly access points on the Blackwater as well.

We should never take our natural resources for granted and we certainly should never neglect them. They add to the county's beauty as well as provide a destination for tourists.

Any money spent on enhancing our rivers and lakes is money very well spent.

 
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