Letter to the Editor: Improved Dover Park?

The city of Dover is currently discussing plans for the future of Dover Park. This is the first part of a multi-year plan calling for renewal of the park grounds. Presently the city is considering plans for a new building for the park, as the second part of the park renovation.

The Social Action Committee, of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Dover and Vicinity (IMA), which is a gathering of Dover churches, other faith-based groups, community members and nonprofit organizations around Dover are interested and concerned about the plans for a new building in the renovated Dover Park. The IMA Social Action Committee believes that the convenient location of the park to the many East Dover residents should warrant special consideration given the young families residing there.

The IMA Social Action committee has been briefed, and has been in repeated discussions with the City Council, the mayor and the city staff about plans for the new building. They want to hear what the residents would like to see in a new building, to include what type of programs, activities and functions should be found in a new building. Since the city will be examining plans and budgets during May, it is especially critical they hear from residents now.

The IMA Social Action Committee, under the leadership of the Rev Rita Paige, has been distributing a survey asking the above questions of East Dover residents. Additionally, the committee has met with the Towne Point/White Oak Civic Association as well as having hosted a meeting at the Dover Housing Authority seeking comments and desires from residents.

The next meeting will be at the Transformation AME Zion Church (702 Maple Parkway) at 6 p.m. May 14. Obviously, your local councilmen, as well as your representative and senator, should also hear your comments.

Jerry Emerson
IMA Social Action Committee Secretary

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