DNREC’S Division of Parks & Recreation to hold Thursday, April 19 open house in Lewes to review Cape Henlopen State Park Trail Concept Plan

LEWES – DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation will host a public open house April 19 to review the Cape Henlopen State Park Trail Concept Plan. The open house will be held 4-7 p.m., Thursday, April 19, at the DNREC Shoreline and Waterway Services facility, 901 Pilottown Road, Lewes, DE 19958.

On display will be a series of maps showing existing and proposed trail alignments covering a range of environmental aspects related to existing and a conceptual trail system. Public comments are welcome.

For more information, visit http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/parks/Information/Pages/Cape-Henlopen-Trail-Concept-Plan.aspx.

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Contact: Beth Shockley, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

DNREC invites public input at Oct. 5 ocean planning workshop in Bethany Beach

BETHANY BEACH – The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control invites ocean recreational users to participate in the Mid-Atlantic Non-Consumptive Recreation Workshop from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5 at the South Coastal Public Library at Bethany Beach, 43 Kent Avenue, Bethany Beach, DE 19930. Non-consumptive recreational use involves activities in which nothing is taken from the environment, such as paddlesports, boating, hiking, biking, wildlife viewing, swimming, and beach going.

The workshop is part of a series of workshops being held throughout the region to share information and solicit input from the public about recreational use to support the implementation of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan.

The joint Delaware-Maryland workshop is hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO), of which DNREC’s Coastal Programs is the lead; the Surfrider Foundation; and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

The workshop includes pizza and beverages, with RSVPs requested through https://www.eventbrite.com/e/non-consumptive-recreation-public-workshop-delaware-and-maryland-tickets-37325559754.

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Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902


Pinelands Nature Trail at Cape Henlopen State Park has reopened

LEWES  – The 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 on – or were leaning over – the trail. Parks staff removed a number of those trees within the trail to ensure public safety.

Most of the trees taken from the trail were in a low-lying area near the trailhead adjacent the Seaside Nature Center Parking area.


Upcoming repair work Nov. 9–19 to affect use of Junction & Breakwater Trail

Map of affected areaLEWES – Repairs Nov. 9 – 19, to the railroad crossing on Gills Neck Road in Lewes will affect how users of the Junction & Breakwater Trail gain access to Lewes. The work will require closure of a portion of Gills Neck Road, meaning that trail users who reach the trail’s easternmost end near the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal will not be able bike or walk into Lewes.

Trail users whose destination is Lewes – or who are coming from Lewes – are advised to use the path along Gills Neck Road between Cape Henlopen High School and the Senators residential development.

Signs will be posted along the trail to notify users of the road closure impacts. The Delaware Department of Transportation will also place signs on area roads to notify the public of vehicle travel pattern changes as a result of the closure.

Media contact: Beth Shockley, DNREC Public Affairs 302-739-9902

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Junction & Breakwater Trail has “bonus” reopening Friday, July 15, before restoration work resumes next week

Map of closure areas.
Map of areas to be closed for repairs.

LEWES – DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation announced today that restoration work on portions of the Junction & Breakwater Trail has moved ahead faster than expected, making it possible to reopen repaired segments of the trail Friday, July 15 (with the entire trail remaining open through the weekend), before the work resumes Monday, July 18, closing other parts of the J&B trail through Friday, July 22.

Repairs and renovation of the J&B trail, originally constructed in 2003, began July 11. Nearly two miles of trail surface are being restored on sections lying between Hebron Road, at the south end, and the Holland Glade pedestrian bridge on the north side of the trail. Other smaller segments of the trail will be repaired between the Hawkseye community and the Wolfe Neck parking lot trailhead.

Repairs focus on reconstructing rough exposed rock trail sections, to be resurfaced with stone dust to create a smooth walkable and bikeable tread. Other repairs include eliminating areas of standing water and washouts, and replacing fencing.

DNREC’s contractor on the Junction & Breakwater Trail restoration, George & Lynch Inc., completed the first stage of the project a day early, allowing for the “bonus” reopening. The second stage of restoration spans Monday, July 18 through Friday, July 22, with the entire J&B trail expected to open from July 23.

The Junction & Breakwater Trail and the Gordons Pond Trail are part of a 15-mile regional network linking Lewes and Rehoboth. The Junction & Breakwater Trail between Gills Neck Road and the Hawkseye community will be open continuously. Trail users also are encouraged to use the Gordons Pond Trail for recreational activities while the Junction & Breakwater Trail restoration is in progress.

The trail restoration is a cooperative project between DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation and the Federal Recreational Trails Program. For questions on this project and for up-to-date information about it, please contact Susan Moerschel, Trails Program Manager, 302-222-3711, or, Superintendent Paul Faircloth at the Cape Henlopen State Park Office, 302-645-8983.

CONTACT: Beth Shockley, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

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