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Assawoman Canal Trail opens, providing
promising path for future recreational use

Gov. Markell preparing to cut the ribbon officially opening the new Assawoman Canal Trail near Ocean ViewGovernor Jack Markell joined DNREC Secretary David Small, federal highway officials and community leaders in Ocean View to cut the ribbon August 12 officially opening the new Assawoman Canal Trail. The one-mile trail is part of a regional network of trails, sidewalks and pathways for pedestrians and bicyclists, physically linking communities that share a boundary with the trail.

“This trail is only possible because of the hard work and commitment of engaged community members who recognize that this is an opportunity to enhance the quality of life in Sussex County,” Gov. Markell said. “It was residents in Ocean View, Bethany, and South Bethany neighborhoods who saw the value of creating a trail along the Assawoman Canal and worked together with the state to turn their vision into a reality. They share our belief that investments in our trails and pathways support our overall health and well-being, while helping to grow our economy.”

In the works for seven years, the trail will directly connect the municipalities of Ocean View, Bethany Beach and South Bethany, and the communities of Sea Colony and Bahamas Beach Cottages. Project partners included Ocean View, Bethany Beach, South Bethany, residents in Bahamas Beach Cottages, Sea Colony, Salt Pond and Waterside, and DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation.

“From concept through construction, this project is an excellent model of collaboration among the community, local, state and federal governments,” said DNREC Secretary David Small. “We have worked toward a common vision and implemented it."

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