Kenton, Dukes Honored for Enhancing DE Parks

State Rep. Harvey Kenton receives his award from Delaware Recreation & Parks Society President Kendall Sommers.
State Rep. Harvey Kenton receives his award from Delaware Recreation & Parks Society President Kendall Sommers.

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Two members of the House Republican Caucus were honored this week for their efforts to enhance parks and recreational opportunities in Delaware. State Reps. Harvey Kenton, R-Milford, and Tim Dukes, R-Laurel, were each presented with the 2015 Legislative Award from the Delaware Recreation and Parks Society (DRPS). The two lawmakers were the only members of the 148th General Assembly to be so honored.

“Representative Kenton has proven time and time again that he is an avid supporter of parks, recreation, and open space,” said Paula Ennis, Recreation Supervisor for Newark’s Parks & Recreation Department and a member of the DRPS Awards Committee. “He was instrumental in securing funding for much-needed improvements in the community cemetery, the twenty-second phase of the Mispillion River Greenway – – known as the Gary L. Emory Nature Trail at Goat Island – and the largest Can-Do playground in Delaware.”

In accepting the award, Rep. Kenton said he was flattered and humbled to be recognized for his work. “Working with Brad Dennehy, the director of the Milford Parks & Recreation Department, and Mary Betts, and the mayor and the city manager has been an honor,” Rep. Kenton said. “I’m looking forward to being able to work with them all in the future.”

Tim Dukes was unable to attend the presentation, but his absence did not prevent him from being praised by the group of park professionals.

“Representative Dukes is an active supporter of Trap Pond State Park with his time and funding,” Ms. Ennis said. “In the past two years, Representative Dukes has given funds for the repairs of Cypress Point Road and construction of new bathrooms and a parking lot for Bethesda Church (a historic structure located inside the park). … His support of Delaware’s state parks goes beyond his own district. This year he also contributed $5,000 of his Community Transportation Funds for the Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier re-decking project, which started in January.”

The awards ceremony was held Thursday at the Atlantic Sands Hotel in Rehoboth Beach as part of the Delaware Recreation and Parks Society’s 36th Annual Conference.