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May 10, 2022

Rockslide Cleanup Completed

Repairs at Riveredge Park have been completed after a rockslide damaged fencing and deposited rocks in the
parking lot. Amherst County Public Works Department removed 90 truckloads of rock, dirt, and debris and laid
down grass seed and straw. Boulders have been placed at the base of the cliff to deter park goers from climbing
the ridge.

Public works will use some of the removed dirt for daily cover at the Amherst County landfill and fix a washout
under the Route 29 overpass adjacent to the Riveredge walking trail. The Amherst County Service Authority used
the remainder for erosion repairs at the Central Virginia Training Center and the Dixie Youth softballs fields.



March 15, 2022

Olde Town Madison Heights Spring Cleaning Days

It’s time to do some spring cleaning! Public Works will be holding two Clean-Up Days for Olde Town Madison Heights in April. A 30-yard trash container will be available at 502 Main Street in the Solid Rock Church parking lot from 7:30-10:00 am on Saturday, April 2nd, and Saturday, April 9th. Residents may use the container to dispose of trash, tires, and appliances free of charge.


These events are part of a good-faith effort from the Amherst County Administration to mitigate future legal efforts to clean up the area. These days are an opportunity for residents to clean up their properties before the County moves forward with citations.


September 23, 2021

New Playground Installed at Mill Creek Lake Park

Amherst County Public Works Department has recently installed new equipment at Mill Creek Lake Park.  The playground is a Registered National Demonstration Site through PlayCore and includes a sign with a scannable QR code visitors can use to provide feedback. This research will help Amherst determine what features citizens would like to see at other playgrounds and provide the manufacturer with data about what users would like to see in future designs. This project is part of an ongoing effort to improve Mill Creek  Lake Park and provide activities for all ages.

PlayCore believes play and recreation improve the quality of life for communities and are essential for society to be healthy and happy. Play and creation transform lives and builds healthy communities. The National Demonstration Site Network is led by PlayCore's Center for Outreach, Research, and Education (CORE). It plays a vital role in raising national awareness for healthy communities and helping local communities share CORE's positive impact on community wellness.

July 2

Three Convenience Center Locations are Now Open Seven Days a Week.

The Pedlar and the Boxwood Farm Convenience Centers are now open seven days a week from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm; the Coolwell Convenience Center will continue with this schedule as well. The Board of Supervisors approved the change during the 2022 fiscal year budget process. All other convenience centers will continue to be open from 7:00 am- 7:00 pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and will be closed Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The convenience centers accept compact and bulk waste, plastic, cardboard, metal, and paper recycling. All convenience centers are closed on News Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day and close at noon the day before Thanksgiving and Christmas.


Convenience Center Locations:

Pedlar: 4102 Buffalo Springs Turnpike, Elon

Boxwood Farm: 2334 Boxwood Farm Road, New Glasglow

Coolwell: 580 Coolwell Road, Madison Heights

60 East: 114 Park Lane, Gladstone

Warrick Barn: 1015 Warrick Bard Road, Lowesville

Dodds Store: 4818 Lexington Turnpike, Amherst

June 8

Household Hazard Waste Collection Day

Amherst County Public Works hosted the County’s first Household Hazard Waste Collection Day on Saturday, June 5. The event at Coolwell Park served 25 vehicles. Amherst County Schools, Amherst County Public Works Department, and Amherst County Public Safety also took advantage of the opportunity to discard their household hazardous waste.

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May 27

Amherst County Public Works Division and the Recreation and Parks department added a floating dock to Millcreek Lake today!  The dock was built by Blake Moore from Building Maintenance. 

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May 25

Amherst County Public Works will host a Hazard Waste Collection Day on Saturday June 5, from 8 AM- 12 PM. Public works staff will check IDs, subcontractor (Veiola) will handle all materials. Citizens will enter from Coolwell Park, proceed to semi-circle behind fields where stations will be set, exit near convenience center.
Will also have Smokin' Hogs with Logs food truck on-site to serve those interested.
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May 13, 2021

The Amherst County Public Works department planted 15 chestnut saplings from the American Chestnut Foundation planted along the Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail near the Roses Mill access point. The saplings are part of an effort to restore the trees to the trail. The trees will grow for several years and should spawn more saplings to replant before blight overtakes them.


May 7

A big thanks to Public Works Employee of Blake Moore for putting in the new Horse Shoe Pits at Coolwell park!

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April 15

Improvements at the Boxwood Farm Convenience Center are finished, and the site is now fully operational. Additions to the location included two trash compactors, one cardboard compactor, and metal/paper/mixed paper
recycling container.
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April 9

The Amherst County Public Works Department maintains all County facilities and has been working hard to prepare the County parks and trails for the Spring/Summer season. Coolwell Park received three new sets of soccer goals, and the basketball hoops were repainted and received chain nets. A new water fountain with a water bottle filling station has been installed, and two new horseshoe pits should be completed by the end of April.

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