Contact: Melanie Rapp, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902, or Melanie.Rapp@state.de.us
Proposed Bike and Pedestrian Trail Projects to be presented at
public workshops in Newark on May 14 and Lewes on May 17
DOVER (May 11, 2012) – DNREC and DelDOT will hold two more public workshops on proposed bike and pedestrian trail projects – part of Governor Jack Markell’s First State Trails and Pathways Initiative.
The workshops are scheduled in Newark on Monday, May 14 and in Lewes on Thursday, May 17 and are part of a series of three workshops – one in each county – highlighting the proposed trails for non-motorized travel and recreation for Delawareans and visitors to the First State. The first workshop was held in Dover on May 10.
Governor Markell announced the Bike and Pedestrian Trails Initiative last October at the “Sussex Outdoors Summit” and the next day, DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt and DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara signed an agreement to implement the 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," said Secretary O’Mara. "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 Shailen 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 Trails and Pathways Plan. Our goal is to make everyone an advocate for a system that will create new connections to communities throughout our state.”
New Castle County workshop:
4 – 7 p.m. Monday, May 14, 2012
WILMAPCO offices, 850 Library Avenue, Suite 100, Newark, DE 19711
Projects highlighted include:
· New Castle Industrial Track Trail
· Newark to Wilmington Pathway
· Pomeroy Trail
· C & D Canal Trail
· 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
Sussex County Workshop:
4 – 7 p.m., Thursday, May 17, 2012
Lewes City Hall, 114 East 3rd Street, Lewes, Delaware 19958
Projects highlighted include:
· 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
Information on all the state’s proposed bike and pedestrian trails, including projects in Kent County, will be available at both workshops.
Public comments will be accepted at the workshops or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
More information and maps of the proposed trails and pathways can be viewed at: http://trails.delaware.gov.
Vol. 42, No. 178