DNREC to Begin Construction on Fort Delaware Enhancements

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will begin construction this week on several projects at Fort Delaware State Park that will improve visitor experience. All areas of the fort normally open to the public will remain open. 

The $3.7 million project, funded by multiple sources, includes the following enhancements at the fort:

  • The tram path, which brings all visitors from the pier to the fort, will be stabilized and resurfaced.
  • Trails between the restrooms, fort, barracks and heronry will be constructed with aggregates to be durable and prevent soggy shoes.   
  • The heronry observation platform will be rebuilt to be safe and inviting.
  • A new maintenance building will be constructed for a better, safer space for staff to support public access to the cultural and natural resources of the island.
  • A new screened pavilion will be constructed to provide suitable space for groups to eat lunch or gather.

Completion of these enhancements is expected in early 2022.

About DNREC

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control protects and manages the state’s natural resources, protects public health, provides outdoor recreational opportunities and educates Delawareans about the environment. The DNREC Division of Parks and Recreation oversees more than 26,000 acres in 17 state parks and the Brandywine Zoo. For more information, visit the website and connect with @DelawareDNREC on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Media Contacts: Shauna McVey, shauna.mcvey@delaware.gov or Michael Globetti, michael.globetti@delaware.gov.

 

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DNREC Announces New Delaware State Parks Leaders

Bellevue, Fox Point and Fort Delaware State Parks, and First State Heritage Park, have new leaders. Pictured here is Bellevue Hall at Bellevue State Park.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is pleased to announce three new Delaware State Parks leaders. Mika Drake is now the superintendent at Bellevue and Fox Point state parks, Nicole Worthley is the new cultural conservation program manager at the First State Heritage Park and Mark Wise has been named superintendent of Fort Delaware State Park.

“We are proud to welcome Mika, Nicole and Mark into their new roles with Delaware State Parks,” said DNREC Division of Parks and Recreation Director Ray Bivens. “Their backgrounds have prepared them with great leadership skills that will be invaluable to their respective parks, staff and visitors.”

Mika spent four years with Vermont State Parks before she started her career with Delaware State Parks. At White Clay Creek State Park, she held the positions of park patrol officer, camp director, park naturalist and seasonal assistant superintendent before she became assistant park superintendent at Lums Pond State Park. She then became park superintendent at Fort Delaware State Park prior to transferring into her present role as park superintendent at Bellevue and Fox Point state parks. Mika is a graduate of the America State Parks Leadership School and serves as president of the Delaware Recreation and Parks Society Board.

Nicole previously worked for Parks as a seasonal interpreter at Fort Delaware State Park from 2013 to 2015. She then worked for the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, where she served in several roles as seasonal and lead interpreter at the New Castle Court House Museum and the Historical Collections move technician for the C.A.R.E. team. Nicole now manages the historic and cultural sites of Delaware’s first urban “park without boundaries” in Dover.

Prior to his role as superintendent of Fort Delaware State Park, Mark worked at Alapocas, Wilmington, Bellevue and Fox Point state parks as a volunteer and intern manager. Before his time with Delaware State Parks, he spent more than 30 years in the private and non-profit sectors, during which time he directed all operational aspects of paper converting plants, and managed volunteer recruitment and education, fundraising and sporting events.

Mark, Mika and Nicole are responsible for all daily operations at their respective state parks, including supervision, scheduling and evaluation of staff; coordination of maintenance and visitor service programs; development and continuation of relationships with partners, adjacent landowners and community groups; and fiscal, programmatic and infrastructure planning.

About DNREC

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control protects and manages the state’s natural resources, protects public health, provides outdoor recreational opportunities and educates Delawareans about the environment. The DNREC Division of Parks and Recreation oversees more than 26,000 acres in 17 state parks and the Brandywine Zoo. For more information, visit the website and connect with @DelawareDNREC on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Media Contacts: Shauna McVey, shauna.mcvey@delaware.gov or Michael Globetti, michael.globetti@delaware.gov.

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DNREC Closes Fort Delaware until June 4 for Ferry Repairs

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has closed Fort Delaware State Park until Friday, June 4, to repair the Delafort ferry that transports visitors to the fort. The ferry is in need of repair due to an unforeseen mechanical issue. A second boat brought in as a temporary replacement to the Delafort also had mechanical issues.

Those with tickets to visit Fort Delaware during this timeframe can choose to receive a full refund or tickets for a future date.

The Delafort is operated under contract with the Delaware River and Bay Authority to provide ferry transportation to Fort Delaware and For Mott, N.J. For more information about visiting Fort Delaware, go do www.destateparks.com.

About DNREC

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control protects and manages the state’s natural resources, protects public health, provides outdoor recreational opportunities and educates Delawareans about the environment. The DNREC Division of Parks and Recreation oversees more than 26,000 acres in 17 state parks and the Brandywine Zoo. For more information, visit the website and connect with @DelawareDNREC on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Media Contacts: Shauna McVey, shauna.mcvey@delaware.gov or Michael Globetti, michael.globetti@delaware.gov.

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Fort Delaware Introduces Escape Fort Delaware: The Disloyalty Files

DELAWARE CITY – Fort Delaware State Park will host Escape Fort Delaware: The Disloyalty Files on September 14 and 28, 2019 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased for $50.00 online or by phone by calling 877.987.2757.

 Escape Fort Delaware is a program during which participants receive a hands-on education of how they could find their way out of the Fort if they had been arrested on the presumption of committing a disloyal act. The event is an immersive experience for partners and groups to learn Delaware history while also having fun.

This program is open for everyone with no prerequisite. Further questions about the program can be directed to the Fort Delaware park office at 302-834-7941.

 For more information, visit the Fort Delaware website or contact Monique Tamang, marketing intern, Fort Delaware/Fort DuPont State Parks, 302-834-7941.

Media Contact: Jayme Gravell, DNREC Division of Parks and Recreation, 302-739-9112 or         


Tom Summers to Host Treasures of the Delaware Public Archives at Port Penn Interpretive Center

DELAWARE CITYPort Penn Interpretive Center is proud to introduce Treasures of the Delaware Public Archives on Saturday, August 17 at 2:00 p.m. Tom Summers, a twelfth generation Delawarean, will be present a wide variety of documents and photographs preserved at the Delaware Public Archives.

Summers is a graduate from Washington College and a Navy veteran who served as an air traffic controller for four years.  In his current role as Manager of Outreach Services and Public Services for the Delaware Public Archives, Tom presents numerous programs throughout the state.

Treasures of the Delaware Public Archives aims to showcase and promote the resources that can be found at the archives which tell the story of the First State’s rich history and culture. Some of the items presented have had a significant impact on the social, economic, and political lives of Delawareans while other images reflect the joys and concerns that take place in everyday Delaware life.

The event is free and open to public. Further questions about the program can be directed to the Fort Delaware park office at 302-834-7941.

For more information, contact Monique Tamang, marketing intern, Fort Delaware/Fort DuPont State Parks, 302-834-7941