The City of Milford will celebrate the completion of two new recreation projects and the receipt of grants for both as well as a third project on Thursday, October 19 at 4:00 p.m. The public is invited to share in the celebration that will be on the Mispillion Riverwalk along the Mispillion River adjacent to Arena’s Restaurant (200 NE Front St, Milford, DE 19963).
The first project is the recently constructed educational pavilion and three nature overlooks alongside the Gary L. Emory nature trail on “Goat Island.” The pavilion and overlooks are intended to become part of a living classroom for both children and adults alike, whereby small groups can meet and learn about the natural environment from different vantage points on the Island. The cost of this project was $100,000 with a $50,000 grant being awarded from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources (DNREC), Outdoor Recreation Parks and Trails Program, with the balance being funded by capital reserves from the City of Milford.
The second project recently completed is a new floating kayak dock and gangway on the Mispillion River, located close to the heart of downtown and alongside the Riverwalk. The floating dock will give another entry and exit point to the river for kayakers, canoers and paddle boarders in a prime location. This project cost approximately $100,000 with a generous grant of $72,000 from Representative Gary Simpson, a grant of $17,500 from DNREC’s Environmental Project Fund, and the balance from the City of Milford.
Third, the City is pleased to be accepting a grant from the Delaware Beverage Association and the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America to support recycling efforts and to reduce litter in downtown and in our parks and public spaces. Last year, the City received partial funding from DNREC for new dual recycling and trash containers. The Delaware Beverage Association and the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America is funding 25% of the total project.
Parks and Recreation Director Brad Dennehy stated, “The Parks and Recreation Department was established 40 some years ago with a focus on the importance of offering recreational opportunities alongside the banks of Mispillion River. That vision continues today-we realize the importance of recreation to the quality of our residents lives and we love to see folks out on the river or enjoying our Riverwalk and park system. We are grateful to our local and state officials who share in our vision and appreciate their support in enriching both residents and visitors lives alike by these enhancements.”
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