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Want to Dine Al Fresco? Try WARA’s New Park & Dine Program

Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association (WARA) has introduced a new program, Park & Dine, to encourage patrons to support local restaurants while enjoying a meal outdoors during the nice weather.

The new program, which began on April 22, was implemented in part in response to the national restaurant worker shortage. (see related story).

“It’s a good time to be outside,” said Debi Schaefer, Executive Director of WARA. “The idea is to order a meal to go from your favorite restaurant and then go to a park and dine.”

WARA’s website ( lists full details of Park & Dine including a list of more than 25 participating restaurants as well as the locations of more than 15 parks in Williamsburg, James City County, York County, and Surry County.

“This also a good way to promote our parks in our area,” Schaefer said. “Waller Mill Park is my favorite.”

Anyone who shares a Park & Dine experience on WARA’s Facebook page five times is eligible for WARA bucks. While the program has only just started, Schaefer said feedback has been positive.

“Everyone is really excited about it,” she said.

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