Matthew Ritter, Delaware State Parks, 302-739-9187; or Caroline Foltz,
Delaware State Parks, 302-739-9185, Caroline.Foltz@state.de.us
Celebrate the New Year with First Day Hikes
Rejuvenate by taking a family-friendly trek through a state park close to home
DOVER (Dec. 20, 2013) – DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation will sponsor free, guided hikes in eight state parks on New Year’s Day, as part of America's State Parks’ First Day Hikes initiative, a national initiative taking place in all 50 states. First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family. Hikers are encouraged to share their adventure on social media with #firstdayhikes.
“We are excited to host First Day Hikes as part of this national effort to get people outdoors and into our parks,” said Ray Bivens, Delaware State Parks Director. “First Day Hikes are a great way to cure cabin fever and burn off those extra holiday calories by starting off the New Year with an invigorating walk or hike in one of our beautiful state parks.”
“Last year, we made history by hosting 22,000 people in all 50 states who hiked a total of 43,911 miles in our state parks across the country when we launched America’s State Parks First Day Hikes,” said Priscilla Geigis, President of the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD). “Think of it as the start of a new and healthy lifestyle for the whole family. Whether you’re staying close to home or traveling, join us at one of America’s state parks on New Year’s Day!”
First Day Hikes originated more than 20 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in
Milton, Massachusetts. The program was launched to promote both healthy lifestyles throughout
the year and year-round recreation at state parks. Last year marked the first time all 50 state park systems joined together to sponsor First Day Hikes. Park staff and volunteers will lead the hikes, which average one to two miles or longer depending on the state park.
In Delaware, hikes will be offered at the following locations and times:
· Alapocas Run State Park, Wilmington at 10 a.m.
· Bellevue State Park, Wilmington at 1 p.m.
· Brandywine Creek State Park, Wilmington at 2 p.m.
· Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes at 11 a.m.
· Delaware Seashore State Park, Rehoboth Beach at 1 p.m.
· Killens Pond State Park, Felton at 1 p.m.
· Trap Pond State Park, Laurel at 10 a.m
· White Clay Creek State Park, Newark at 1 p.m.
Information about trail difficulty, location of trail head and more is available at destateparks.com/FirstDay.
Each of Delaware’s 16 state parks has unique natural, recreational, educational, cultural and historical features that offer endless opportunities for children and families to have fun in the outdoors. For a complete list of year-round public programs and more information about the parks, visit destateparks.com.
Vol. 43, No.475