Construction is officially underway for the new section of the Gordons Pond Trail in Cape Henlopen State Park.
A ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony was held today in the park near Herring Point. The new 1.9-mile section of trail will bring the Gordons Pond Trail to about three miles in length, and will connect Herring Point in the northern part of the park to the pond in the southern part. Work is scheduled to be completed by next Memorial Day, just in time for the start of the summer tourist season.
DNREC Secretary Collin O'Mara says the improvements that've been made in the park, including the new trail section, are the culmination of 20 years of good thinking, in some cases. He says those improvements are making the park a hub for other activities. O'Mara was thanked by Governor Jack Markell for leading DNREC's work on a wide variety of issues, such as reducing air pollution more in Delaware than in any other state. Gov. Markell added that the new trail section is just one of many trails, and that investing in those trails is the answer to preserving Sussex County as "God's Country."
U.S. Senator Tom Carper told those in the audience that they were blessed to have such natural beauty. He says when he received a phone call from a man who was questioning why so much money was being spent in Delaware on trails, pathways and greenways, Carper responded by saying it will help get people out of their vehicles, and onto their feet and bikes, which will also help make them healthier, saving money on healthcare costs.
DNREC and DelDOT's goal under the First State Trails and Pathways Initiative is to connect the Gordon's Pond Trail to the Junction & Breakwater Trail and the Lewes-Georgetown Rail Trail, creating a nearly 30-mile-long trail loop.
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