WILLIAMSBURG — Williamsburg Parks and Recreation announced starting Friday, July 1, Waller Mill Park will return to opening seven days a week.
The park’s operating hours were first reduced in October 2021 due to an ongoing shortage of part-time park employees, closing the park every Tuesday. In May, the department reduced hours further, closing the park on Thursdays as well.
To address the staffing shortage, the City of Williamsburg raised its part-time hourly rate to $19 per hour effective at the start of the fiscal year on July 1, according to a news release.
Williamsburg Parks and Recreation said due to the wage increase, it received dozens of job applications for open positions at both Waller Mill Park and Quarterpath Recreation Center, with the department hiring 19 part-time employees for Waller Mill and nine for Quarterpath.