Work begins on the Barrett’s Landing boat ramp

Published 10:18 am Wednesday, August 10, 2016

City employees, representatives from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and volunteers with the Lowe’s Hero Project, began work on the Barrett’s Landing boat ramp restoration Monday morning.

The piers and the boat ramp will be redone with a composite material that’s more durable than the original wood, and the boardwalk and surrounding areas will be re-landscaped.

Building is expected to be completed within the week.

“We are pleased to see this partnership between the city and the Hero Project, as well as the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries,” said Randy Martin, city manager of Franklin. “This is a project which needed to be done and without their help would have been at a higher cost to us.”

The Hero Project, a charity initiative in which Lowe’s employees volunteer for the local community, contributed about 30 people to the project.

“We reached out to the city and they said we could come help,” said Adam Smith, Lowe’s human resources manager in Franklin.

“Lowe’s purpose is to help people love where they live,” he continued. “Not only in our stores, but also in the community.”