Executive - Press Release

Posted on: August 22, 2017

New Castle County Parks Task Force gets to work

August 23 meeting to be livestreamed on county’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/nccde

New Castle – The New Castle County Parks Task Force will meet on Wednesday, August 23 and members of the public are invited to attend the meeting or watch a livestream on the County’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nccde. The meeting begins at 6:30 pm in the New Castle County Gilliam Building multipurpose room, 77 Reads Way, New Castle. An archived video recording of the meeting will be posted on the site for future viewing.

“Parks and open space contribute to strong communities and help drive our quality of life,” said New Castle County Executive Matthew Meyer. “We are committed to expanding access to parks and I value the input that our Parks Task Force will provide as we pursue this goal. Public participation is an important part of the Task Force’s work. We invite residents to attend Task Force meetings or view them online and to share their ideas for developing future parkland and improving existing parks by sending an e-mail to ParkPlanning@nccde.org.”

County Executive Meyer established the Parks Task Force in July as part of his commitment to create new parks and secure new open space in underserved areas of southern New Castle County, Red Lion, Edgemoor and the Route 4 corridor outside Newark. At that time, Meyer unveiled plans to develop existing county-owned land in the Red Lion Area into a 78-acre district park and to develop a neighborhood park in Edgemoor with a playground area, basketball court and walking trails. The Parks Task Force will provide data-driven recommendations for acquiring and developing future parkland across New Castle County, with an initial focus on researching and recommending a location for a park in Southern New Castle County. The Task Force will be guided by the following principles in marking its recommendations:

  • Fiscal Responsibility;
  • Good deal for taxpayers, looking to leverage private and public funding;
  • Make access to parks more equitable across the county;
  • Protect sensitive spaces for generations to come, and;
  • Increase connectivity – make our parks and communities better connected via walking and biking trails

Review a list of Parks Task Force members and download meeting agendas on its webpage.

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Contact: Jason Miller, Director of Communications, 302-545-1462

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