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Contact:  Melanie Rapp, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

First State Trails and Pathways Initiative's Bike and Pedestrian
Trail projects presented at public workshops May 10, 14, and 17

DOVER (May 9, 2012) DNREC and the Department of Transportation (DelDOT), along with partner organizations, will hold three public workshops this month on proposed bike and pedestrian trail projects – part of Governor Jack Markell’s First State Trails and Pathways Initiative. Workshops – one in each county – are scheduled May 10 at Dover City Hall; May 14 at WILMAPCO offices in Newark, and May 17 at Lewes City Hall.

The initiative calls for creating a statewide network of pathways and trails for non-motorized travel and recreation for Delawareans and visitors to the First State. Gov. Markell announced the initiative last October at the “Sussex Outdoors Summit" and the next day, DNREC Secretary Collin O'Mara and DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt signed an agreement to implement a plan connecting existing trails and communities throughout the state.

“Implementing Governor Markell's vision for a bikable and walkable Delaware will improve air quality, provide transportation alternatives, expand recreational opportunities, spur local businesses, and promote healthier lifestyles – all of which will help make Delaware the First State in Trails," Secretary O’Mara said. "Through these public workshops, we will gain additional valuable input as we work to make the Governor's Trails and Pathways Plan a reality."

Transportation Secretary Bhatt said “We encourage walkers, runners, bicyclists, parents, grandparents, students, educators, and health care workers to attend the public workshop that will be held in their county, so they can become more familiar with the Trails and Pathways Plan. Our goal is make everyone an advocate for a system that will create new connections to communities throughout our state.”

The workshops are scheduled as follows:

The Kent County workshop
will be held Thursday, May 10, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Dover City Hall, Council Chambers, 15 Loockerman Plaza, Dover.

Projects that will be highlighted:

  • Court Street Gateway Pathway
  • Legislative Hall Pathway
  • Killens Pond State Park's Pondside Trail connector along Killens Pond Road

    The New Castle County workshop
    will be held Monday, May 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the WILMAPCO offices, 850 Library Avenue, Suite 100, Newark.

 Projects that will be highlighted are:

  • New Castle Industrial Track Trail
  • Newark to Wilmington Pathway
  • Pomeroy Trail
  • C&D  Canal
  • C&D Branch Canal Trail 
  • Southern New Castle County Pathways
  • Talley Road Pathway 
  • City of Wilmington - Brandywine to Christina Trail
  • Auburn Heights Preserve
  • White Clay Creek State Park – Tri-Valley Trail
  • White Clay Creek State Park – Hopkins Road connector at the Pomeroy Trail
  • Brandywine Park – Northern Delaware Greenway Trail
  • Lums Pond State Park trail improvements
  • Delaware City – gateway to the C&D Canal Trail 

The Sussex County Workshop will be held Thursday, May 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Lewes City Hall, located at 114 East 3rd Street, Lewes.

Projects that will be highlighted are:

  • Georgetown to Lewes Rail to Trail
  • Junction & Breakwater Trail – Showfield Extension
  • Fred Hudson Road Pathway
  • Delaware Seashore State Park Fresh Pond Area – trail connector between Route 1 and Fred Hudson Road
  • Delaware Seashore State Park Thompson Island Preserve – Thompson Island Trail
  • Cape Henlopen State Park – Gordons Pond Trail
  • Assawoman Canal Trail
  • Trap Pond State Park – Loblolly Trail connector along Wootten Road

Public comment on the proposed trails and pathways will be accepted at the workshops or by e-mail to susan.moerschel@state.de.us or james.westhoff@state.de.us.

More information and maps of the proposed trails and pathways can be viewed on the following website: http://trails.delaware.gov.

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5/9/2012
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