Executive - Press Release

Posted on: October 11, 2017

County Parks Task Force seeks residents’ input during October 16 meeting

Meeting to be streamed live at www.facebook.com/nccde

New Castle – The New Castle County Parks Task Force, which is helping to guide new county investments in parks and open space, invites members of the public to participate in its next meeting, to be held Monday, October 16 at 6:00 pm at the Appoquinimink Library, 651 N. Broad St., Middletown. While residents are invited to attend all Task Force meetings, Monday’s meeting is a special session to solicit public input about park needs in southern New Castle County as part of its information-gathering process.

“You are in charge of our parks planning process,” said New Castle County Executive Matthew Meyer. “On October 16th, you need to show up, in person or online, to guide our decisions about the location for our new park and the amenities it will offer. I urge you to attend and let your voice be heard or share your ideas with us by sending an e-mail to ParkPlanning@nccde.org.”

Members of the public can also watch a livestream of the meeting on the County’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nccde, which will feature an archived video recording for future viewing. Residents who cannot attend are encouraged to submit their written input to ParkPlanning@nccde.org. Members of the public will have additional opportunities to provide input to the Task Force at future meetings.

The Parks Task Force has established a webpage that features meeting agendas and minutes, and nearly two dozen informational documents and maps it has gathered as part of its review.

County Executive Meyer convened the Parks Task Force as part of his commitment to create new parks and secure new open space in southern New Castle County, Red Lion, Edgemoor and the Route 4 corridor outside Newark. The Parks Task Force has met since August in its effort to 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 is guided by the following principles in developing 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

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

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