DNREC awards $150,000 to Delaware City for enhancing education, city’s restoration work, and recreational opportunities
DOVER – The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has awarded $150,000 to Delaware City to be used to improve recreational facilities, study and develop a plan to improve energy consumption, and develop rain gardens and bio swales at the city’s community center, DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin announced today. “The funds will focus on green technology, energy conservation, and environmental projects that will benefit Delaware City and surrounding areas,” Secretary Garvin said. The funds will help Delaware City pave its Community Center parking lots and basketball court. This, along with incorporating rain gardens around the property, will greatly improve the water quality at the facility and reduce stormwater runoff. Using pervious pavement for the parking lot and basketball court will allow the rainwater to be absorbed back into the city’s groundwater. In addition, both surfaces are more than 20 years old and are starting to create safety concerns. The Community Center houses the Delaware City Library, Police Athletic League Center, Reedy Point Players community theater group, and various classes offered through New Castle County.