City of Milford Working to Open Playgrounds


by Terry Rogers

Photo from Can-Do Playground At Milford Facebook page

The City of Milford has received guidelines from Governor John Carney on what they must do in order to reopen the City playgrounds during the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, the City is working to implement the requirements in order to allow children additional play areas throughout the City.

“The items we must have include sanitizing stations and signs,” Mark Whitfield City Manager, said. “Crews are also working to remove grass and weeds, placing protective mulch and cleaning all apparatus, We will be required to clean and disinfect equipment once per day, and we are in the process of acquiring equipment to do so.”

In order to use the playgrounds, all children and adults will be required to wear face coverings and to social distance. In addition, anyone who uses the playground will be required to disinfect the equipment after they use it.

“It is our hope to have the playgrounds open by the end of the month, but that will be dependent on delivery and placement of the required items,” Whitfield said. “Having volunteers who can help us do the mulching, cleaning and weeding would be greatly appreciated. Anyone who wants to volunteer can call the Milford Parks and Recreation Department at 302-422-1104.”

Milford Parks and Recreation offers the Can-Do Playground in the Tony Silicato Memorial Park near the Greater Milford Boys and Girls Club. This playground is a unique public facility designed for children of all abilities. The equipment is designed so that children with disabilities can play with those who are not disabled. For example, the sandbox has tables with large containers filled with sand that are waist high for children in wheelchairs. Swings and other equipment are also designed for children with special needs.

Another playground is available at Marvel Square Park near the Milford Parks and Recreation Building on Franklin Street. The playground is designed for children aged 2 to 12. This playground also has two pickle ball courts and a volleyball court. Equipment is available at the Milford Parks and Recreation building. Public basketball courts are also available at Banneker Park, next to Benjamin Banneker Elementary School and Memorial South Park, across the river from Arena’s.