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The Franklin News-Post
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310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Waid Park gets new concession, restroom facility
Fitness trail construction is also under way
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Photo by Emily Wood: A new concession stand with restrooms is almost complete at Waid Park. The facility is located near the Pigg River bridge and the large soccer field.

Monday, September 1, 2014

By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

Visitors to Waid Park will soon see a brand new concession stand and restrooms.

The work should be complete around Oct. 1, said Paul Chapman, Franklin County's director of parks and recreation.

"People are getting excited about it," he said, adding that the work started in April.

The facility is located near the Pigg River bridge and the large soccer field.

While that work is going on, another project is being completed, Chapman said.

"The first phase is done on the (Rocky Mount) Rotary Club's fitness trail," he said.

The club is working in conjunction with the county to create a 3.2-mile trail that can be used for 5-K competitive runs.

To do this, Chapman said existing trails are being widened and covered with crushed stone that is packed down to create a comfortable surface.

Trails will connect in a way that allow runners to wind around the park, running the 3.2 miles, or more.

The Rotary Family Fit 5K Trail should be finished in October, he said, in time for the inaugural event, the Rotary Fit 5K Run, which is set for Saturday, Oct. 25.

"We're pretty much on target for that," he said.

Fitness "stations" will also be added around the trail.

The Rotary club earmarked $10,000 for the project from funds raised at its annual Independence Day Festival.

Waid Park is located off Six Mile Post Road, just west of Rocky Mount.

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