DelDOT honors late WBOC-TV owner by dedicating trail

LEWES — The Delaware Department of Transportation on Monday dedicated the Georgetown to Lewes Pathway in honor of the late Tom Draper, former owner of the WBOC TV station.

Phase two of the trail, which aims to link Lewes and Georgetown, is now complete. This section runs 4.9 miles from Savannah Road to Log Cabin Road.

The trail is intended for use both by pedestrians and by cyclists.
DelDOT is currently designing a path from Georgetown to Park Avenue, with construction proposed for mid-summer 2020.

“Sussex County is full of natural wonder and scenic places, and this trail will help showcase that beauty to our visitors and residents alike,” Sussex County Councilman Irwin G. Burton III said in a statement.

“We live in a community with many active adults and families who like to get outside and spend time together, and we’re a destination for thousands of outdoor enthusiasts and cyclists each year who love to explore our rich, rural landscapes.

“I can think of no better way to remember someone like my friend Tom Draper than by dedicating the kiosk in his honor. It is a legacy to his love of the outdoors, to cycling, and to the people of Sussex County.”

Phase two also includes a kiosk that offers information about Mr. Draper, who owned WBOC for 39 years before he was killed in September 2017 when a car struck his bicycle. He was 76.

“DelDOT is pleased to open this kiosk in memory of Tom Draper. His connection to the natural landscapes of Delaware and the Delmarva Peninsula was obvious to everyone familiar with his media operations, and DelDOT takes great pride in promoting encounters with those landscapes through the development of trails like this one,” DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan said in a statement.

Other speakers praised Mr. Draper as a “visionary” and a strong advocate for protecting the “beautiful and unique natural resources” in coastal Sussex County.

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