Delaware to Upgrade Seashore State Park Campground

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November 15, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

The state of Delaware plans to upgrade the campground (shown at bottom center of map) at the Delaware Seashore State Park.

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has scheduled a workshop to gather public input on proposed improvements at the Delaware Seashore State Park.

As Delmarva Now reported, the goal of the workshop is to present conceptual drawings for the new layout of the park area near the new Indian River Inlet Bridge. The area is now being used by contractors for equipment storage.

Improvements will include a new campground, playground, upgrades to the bathhouses and showers, more day-use parking, a walking trail, pavilions or atrium areas, some interactive facilities, kiosks and some beautification elements, said Tina Shockley, DelDOT spokeswoman.

"We appreciate (citizen) feedback, both positive and negative, as we strive to create the best transportation system for our uses," she said. "This is the public's opportunity to bring issues, ideas and concerns to our attention with regards to the proposed project."

While there is no estimated cost at this time, DelDOT officials anticipate the work — which should have no impact on traffic — will begin in the spring of 2013.

"Essentially, we built this beautiful bridge," Shockley said. "(The goal is) to beautify the state park and bring it back to its natural beauty before we start the project."

From 2004 through 2009, the state's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control made improvements and upgrades to the park area, said Britt Murray, of the Division of Parks and Recreation.

The Indian River Marina was entirely rebuilt, with the installation of a new bulkhead, floating docks, fish cleaning/sales service, a dry stack boat storage facility, utilities, parking and fueling services, he said. The cottages along the inlet and a new marina and park office were also built.

Upcoming projects include roofing and boardwalk repairs to the southeast day area bathhouse, he said. The new campground on the northside of the inlet will have water and electricity, Murray said.

"We had a somewhat primitive camping area there before," he said. "There's definitely the need or want from the public. During this construction we've been short almost 300 campsites."

Those who are unable to attend the upcoming workshop can mail written comments to DelDOT Public Relations, P.O. Box 778, Dover, Del. 19903.

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