DNREC announces grant money for parks

DOVER — DNREC’s Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Trails Program has awarded $1.29 million to 14 parks and trails projects throughout the state, the department announced Wednesday.

The program formerly was known as the Delaware Land & Water Conservation Trust Fund,

Of the seven park projects receiving grants, five involve replacing or upgrading playground equipment. The two largest grants were awarded to Millville to buy property for its first public park and to New Castle County’s Glasgow Regional Park to design and build a new playground geared toward children with autism and special needs.

Millville, a 110-year-old town of just less than 600 residents located west of Bethany Beach, purchased 4.9 acres to construct a park.

Glasgow Regional Park is a 300-acre park south of Newark on U.S. 40 that currently features a skate park with rails, steps and bowls; basketball and tennis courts; bark park areas for small and large dogs; four pavilions; a 2.75-mile walking trail; a stocked fishing pond, a sledding hill and a large ADA-accessible playground with activities for ages 2 to 15.

The seven trail projects receiving grants include the city of Milford’s project to construct an education pavilion and three nature overlooks along the city’s Gary L. Emory Nature Trail on Goat Island. Other projects include a bridge over White Clay Creek in Newark’s Curtis Mill Park; design for a boardwalk and elevated observation area on Slaughter Beach’s Marvel Saltmarsh Preserve; a multi-use concrete path through Dover’s Mallard Pond Park to the new Dover High School, and a restroom and other amenities for the Lewes’ trailhead.

Projects receiving grants include:

• New Castle County, Glasgow Regional Park: design/construction of new playground for children with autism, $200,000

• Arden: construction of a mound slide, $8,000

• Delaware City, Fourth Street Park and Seventh Street Park: replace playground equipment, $53,895

• Dover, Mallard Pond Park: new playground equipment, $31,350

• Ellendale, Ellendale Town Park: replace playground equipment, $20,000

• Millville: acquire 4.9 acres on Dukes Drive for the town’s first public park, $200,000

• Fenwick Island, Fenwick Island Community Park: new playground equipment, $21,293

Grants awarded to trails include:

• New Castle County, Jester Park: design and construct a one-mile paved perimeter trail with community connections, $275,000

• Newark, Curtis Mill Park: design and construct a bridge over White Clay Creek near Paper Mill Road, $200,000

• Dover, Mallard Pond Park: construct a multi-use concrete path to provide a safe route to the new Dover High School, $50,000

• Sussex County, James Farm Ecological Preserve: design, engineering and permitting work for parking, trails and signage improvements, $37,500

• Milford, Goat Island: construct an education pavilion and three nature overlooks along the trail, $50,000

• Slaughter Beach, Marvel Saltmarsh Preserve: design a boardwalk and elevated observation area on Delaware Nature Society property, $17,750

• Lewes, Lewes Trailhead: design and construct a restroom, pathways and amenities, $125,000

For more information about the Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Trails Program, visit: destateparks.com/OutdoorRecreationGrants.

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