North and south entrances to Augustine Boat Ramp to be repaired and repaved beginning July 9

AUGUSTINE BEACH – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today that a project to repair and repave the north and south entrances to the Augustine Boat Ramp south of Port Penn will begin next week.

To minimize impact on the fishing and boating public, the boat ramp and one entrance will remain open during repairs. Weather permitting, repairs will take place Monday thru Friday, July 9-13, with both entrances repaired and reopened by Friday.

For more information, please call DNREC’s Fisheries Section at 302-739-9914.

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

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Part of Castle Trail on C&D Canal Conservation Area to close for additional repairs July 9

ST. GEORGES – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today that a portion of the Mike Castle Trail west of the Lums Pond trailhead on the C&D Canal Conservation Area will be temporarily closed beginning Monday, July 9 for additional repairs.

Repairs are necessary due to a crushed culvert and damaged pavement on the trail. Weather permitting, construction is expected to be complete, with the trail reopened, by the end of the week.

For more information, please call the Wildlife Section at 302-739-9912.

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

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DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation announces Brandywine Zoo closure on April 16 – 17

DOVER – DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation announced today that the Brandywine Zoo will be closed Monday, April 16, and Tuesday, April 17, for routine tree removal.

It was determined that four trees need to be taken down and away from the zoo over the two days. The zoo is being closed as a precaution, to ensure the safety of animals and visitors.

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


Two of DNREC’s Delaware State Parks Announce Closures

Delaware State Parks has announced closures of facilities at Cape Henlopen State Park and at Holts Landing State Park.

End of Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier Closes

DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation announced today it has closed a 20-foot portion of the Cape Henlopen fishing pier indefinitely due to ice damage that occurred this winter. The area closed encompasses an approximately 20-foot section of the end of the pier. Engineers evaluated the extent of the damage and determined that the end of the pier must be closed immediately.

Holts Landing Boat Ramp Closes

The Division also announced it will close the boat ramp and adjacent parking lot at Holts Landing State Park later this month on weekdays while renovations are made to improve the parking lot and add 36 new boat trailer parking spaces. The boat ramp is scheduled to be closed during the week while construction is underway but will be open on weekends. Closures will begin in mid-April and are estimated to continue until late May, weather permitting.

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


DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation announces Wilmington’s Baynard Stadium to close for repairs July 11 – Aug 12

WILMINGTON – DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation announced today that Baynard Stadium will be closed for public use July 11 through Aug.12. The stadium closure is necessary to remove the south bleachers, which were closed in May due to structural safety concerns. The south side of the stadium will become an active work zone for approximately five weeks, as electrical service in the stadium is relocated and the south bleacher sections are disassembled.

The City of Wilmington Parks and Recreation’s Wednesday evening track meets will continue to be held at the stadium through July 29. All other public use will be prohibited during the closure period.

DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation will install temporary bleachers on the south side of the stadium while plans, designs and funding for permanent bleachers are secured over the next few years. The temporary bleachers will be constructed prior to the start of the next high school football season, and will have a seating capacity of approximately 900 spectators. Baynard Stadium’s north side bleachers, with a seating capacity of 2,000, are not affected by the repair work and will continue to be used when the stadium reopens.

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

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