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  • Bellevue State Park to celebrate its 40th anniversaryBellevue State Park is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and the staff and the Friends of Bellevue State Park invite the public to join the celebration with all kinds of family-friendly activities and fun for all ages 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Sunday, July 2. The park will waive its entry fee for the day.2017-06-27 14:35:30
  • Governor Carney and DNREC Secretary Garvin join first-time campers at Governor’s CampoutGovernor John Carney and DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin joined about 60 children and families who were first-time campers during the Governor’s Campout at Trap Pond State Park this weekend.2017-06-26 09:15:19
  • Camping growing in popularity at DNREC’s Delaware State ParksStatistics show camping is gaining in popularity at DNREC’s five state park campgrounds. So far in 2017, 5,658 visitors have camped for 2,391 nights in Delaware’s five campground parks and Indian River Marina Cottages, an increase of 7 percent in camping nights over 2016. In addition, reservations in 2017 have been booked up to a year in advance.2017-06-15 09:15:24
  • Progress on revitalization of former NVF site in Yorklyn to be showcased during Yorklyn Day festivalRevitalization milestones will be on display from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, June 4, during the first Yorklyn Day festival at the former NVF manufacturing site in Yorklyn. The event will highlight site remediation – including toxics removal and flood mitigation – along with new trails and amenities, and plans for continued redevelopment.2017-06-02 13:55:03
  • Governor Carney, DNREC Secretary Garvin announce renovations at Cape Henlopen State ParkCAPE HENLOPEN - Governor John Carney and DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin today announced renovations at Cape Henlopen State Park highlighting the newly improved campground and new amenities at the park’s Seaside Nature Center and Fort Miles Historical Area.2017-05-22 17:20:29
  • State Legislators, DNREC Secretary Garvin Open 2017 Fort Delaware SeasonSurrounded by children from the Delaware City Police Athletic League (PAL), State Senator Nicole Poore, State Representative Valerie Longhurst, DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin, representatives from the Delaware River and Bay Authority, and Ray Bivens, director of DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation, today cut the ribbon to celebrate the start of the Forts Ferry Crossing service and the first day of 2017 season at the Civil War-era attraction, Fort Delaware.2017-04-29 10:21:38
  • Additional closure needed to assist beachnesters at the Point at Cape Henlopen State ParkOn March 1, the Point at Cape Henlopen State Park was closed for migratory and beach nesting shorebirds. The closed sections, including a stretch of ocean beach and dunes, and a half mile along the bay shoreline, were marked with PVC poles and twine with flagging for visibility. The closure benefits threatened and endangered beachnesters and migratory shorebirds, including red knot, piping plovers, oystercatchers, least terns and other wildlife. This week, the closure will be extended approximately 100 yards south toward the Point parking area crossing. In addition, another adjustment to the southern boundary may occur as early as May 14. 2017-04-13 16:13:28
  • Fort Miles Artillery Park to add 90 mm anti-aircraft gun to collection2017-03-29 13:34:33
  • Fee season now in effect in Delaware State ParksDNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation reminds visitors to Delaware’s state parks that entrance fees are back in effect, being collected through Nov. 30, 2017.2017-03-01 15:18:55
  • Pinelands Nature Trail at Cape Henlopen State Park has reopenedThe Pinelands Nature Trail at Cape Henlopen State Park reopened today following tree maintenance work. The trail closed Feb. 17 when Division of Parks & Recreation staff noticed that trees had fallen – or were leaning over – the trail. Parks staff removed a number of those trees within the trail to ensure public safety.2017-02-28 11:01:58
  • The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park to close for 2017 beachnesting seasonThe Point at Cape Henlopen State Park, including a stretch of ocean beach and dunes, and a half mile along the bay shoreline, will close beginning Wednesday, March 1, for the benefit of threatened and endangered beachnesters and migratory shorebirds, including red knot, piping plovers, oystercatchers, least terns and other species.2017-02-27 16:32:44
  • New website launched to help Delawareans locate parksIn an effort to encourage more children and their families to enjoy the outdoors and outdoor-related activity year-round, Delaware State Parks has launched “Play Outside,” a new website for Delaware residents and visitors that provides convenient and detailed information about public parks and facilities in Delaware.2017-02-23 11:10:40
  • Public input sought by Delaware Open Space Council regarding Open Space Program PlanDOVER – The last of three statewide public workshops for gathering comment about Delaware’s Open Space Program Plan – following amendments made last year to the state’s Land Protection Act (7 Del. C. Chapter 75), and public concern about certain components of the Open Space Program – is set for Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Blue Ball Barn in Wilmington. The workshop begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Blue Ball Barn’s Calving Room, 1914 West Park Drive, Wilmington, DE 19803.2017-02-21 03:30:48
  • Pinelands Nature Trail at Cape Henlopen State Park closed temporarily for tree maintenance workThe Pinelands Nature Trail at Cape Henlopen State Park is closed for arbor maintenance work and will reopen after Division of Parks & Recreation staff have removed a number of trees within the trail for safety purposes. 2017-02-17 15:19:00
  • Division of Parks & Recreation closes portion of Assawoman Canal Trail until early spring during DNREC canal maintenance dredging projectDue to the Assawoman Canal maintenance dredging project currently under way by DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship, a portion of the Division of Parks & Recreation’s adjacent Assawoman Canal Trail has been closed until early spring. 2017-02-15 11:21:37



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