Silver Lake the focus of a couple of upcoming community activities

DOVER — Silver Lake Commission Chair Tricia Arndt invites members of the Dover community to participate in the annual Clean Up Event at the lake that will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

“We are looking for members of the community to join us for cleaning up the park along the public access areas to the lake,” said Ms. Arndt. “Bring your club, scout troop, church group, or just come individually, every pair of hands is valued.

“While the area is maintained by city staff, getting the public excited and involved with this outstanding park area is a vital to keeping it the valuable asset it is today.”

The Silver Lake Park area is made up of 182 acres and is the city’s largest and most popular park.

The Silver Lake Commission and the city of Dover partner each fall to host Clean Up Events to beautify the park and improve water quality within the lake and the St. Jones watershed.

Volunteers are needed to help with trash pick‐up, remove debris fallen from trees and bushes and general park clean up.

Interested volunteers can call the city of Dover Parks and Recreation Department at 302‐736‐7050 or stop by the John W. Pitts Recreation Center to register.

A special treat will be provided for the volunteers at the end of the event.

Silver Lake Park to host Mayor’s Regatta Oct. 20

Dover Mayor Robin R. Christiansen will be hosting the fourth annual Mayor’s Canoe and Kayak Regatta, in conjunction with the Open Streets program, at Silver Lake Park on Saturday, Oct. 20.

“Silver Lake is a jewel for the city of Dover,” Mayor Christiansen said, “and there’s not a better way to experience it than being right on it.”

The event is free of charge and those with canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, inflatables, sail boats, row and peddle boats are encouraged to participate. And remember to bring those life jackets.

A limited number of kayaks and canoes will be available to share between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Parents must be with young children must sign a waiver.

The Mayor’s Regatta is a family friendly activity hosted by Mayor Christiansen, the Silver Lake Commission and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with Open Streets.

Silver Lake licensing fees will be waived for the event and the boaters will launch from the Washington Street Entrance beach area at 9 a.m., before paddling parade-style to the Silver Lake Bridge (State Street) and returning.

All participants will receive a certificate signed by Mayor Christiansen.

There will be plenty of free parking available. The Open Streets portion of the program begins at 8 a.m.

Delaware State News staff writer Mike Finney can be reached at mfinney@newszap.com.

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