WAYNESBORO, MS (WDAM) - The city of Waynesboro was gifted with a piece of land located on the corner of Station Street and Court Street.
The property was officially deeded to the city by the surviving children of Fletcher and Wilodyne Rhinehart during a ceremony held on location where the public and community leaders attended. The couple had been long-time business owners and civic leaders.
Being situated near railroad tracks and used since the founding of the city, it had long been used on a temporary basis to host the annual “Whistle Stop Festival.”
The new park, “Rhinehart Square,” is named after the family and will feature benches, picnic tables and a green space for visitors to enjoy.
Ken Rhinehart said the donation was a way of celebrating the lives of their parents and give back to the city.
“This is a wonderful way to give back to the city of Waynesboro, from a town who has given to my family, they have provided so well for my family," Ken said. "So it feels good to give back to this town that provided for us so well and it’s also a way to honor our parents.”
The Chamber of Commerce is holding a “Buy a Brick” fundraiser campaign where individuals and businesses can purchase a brick, which will become permanent fixtures on the sidewalk inside Rhinehart Square park.
Future fundraisers are in the works by the Chamber of Commerce to develop and equip the park with amenities.