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14 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Nov. 8 - Nov. 14, 2002 Index to proposed Lewes Park Canalfront Park at right. 1. Restored Canal Edge Continued from page I 2. Existing Little League will be required for each newly Field 3. Canal Overlook constructed building. Additional- 4. Wetland Area ly, by securing a nationwide per- 5. Lightship Overfalls mit the project does not have to 6. Relocated Life Saving obtain a Coastal Zone Consisten- Boat House cy certification. 7. Lightship Overfalls Visi- These recommendations further tor Center strengthened Andropogons design 8. Bicycle Racks 9. Parking Lot #2 concept of utilizing existing struc- 10. Existing Basketball tures, like the aptly named pink Courts house, said Durkin. 11. Existing Tennis Courts Another issue discussed co- 12. Pedestrian Sidewalk cemed the overlook, which must along Pilottown Road include water-dependent activi- 13. Edge of U.S. Army Corps ties, according to DNREC. "Not a of Engineers Buffer Zone problem," said Durkin. "People 14. Wetland Area 15. Village Green and Am. can fish and crab from the over- look which will satisfy that phitheater 16. Park Pavilion requirement." 17. Parking Lot #1 Durkin proceeded to outline 18. Community Activity "Plan E," which included the mas- Center ter plan for the entire Canalfront 19. Overlook Area and Re- Park. A 10-foot wide boardwalk strooms will meander along the Lewes- 20. Restored Docks and Rehoboth Canal. Native plants Boardwalk Promenade 21. Bridge Across Wetland will be dispersed along the entire 22. Shade Arbors boardwalk promenade to assist in 23. Wetland Area capturing storm water. The pink 24. Pedestrian Crosswalk house will undergo renovation to at Market Street and Pilot- perhaps serve as a community town Road. center. Currently, 30 parking spaces are slated for Phase One. Parking lot runoff will drain into a opportunity out there; you just catch basin to aid in watering sur- have to go and fight for it." rounding plants. Eventually, a trail Committee member Nancy system will loop around the entire Targett expressed some concern park. "Remember, the 17acre area over the state's time-frame for should be planned / over time," relocating the boat launch. "I have Durkin reiterated. "We have a sense the community is ready to linked cost estimates to the three move forward," said Targett. "But stages." we can't ignore that our hands are Phase One, to include the old basically tied until the boat launch Lewes boatyard and a portion of moves." the parking lot at the state-leased Councilman and committee boat launch, will cost $2.9. rail- member Jim Ippolito provided an lion. Phase Two involves relocat- update to recent conversations ing the lightship Oveffalls into a with Delaware Fish and Wildlife, restoration cradle along with con- the agency responsible for the site. struction of a visitors center, at a "The state said it will take cost of $1.9 million. Phase Three, three- and-a-half to five years for the largest portion of the park the relocation to be complete," encompassing i 1 acres, prices out said Ippolito. at $800,000. Durkin commented that as long All three phases are based on as there was some written com- 2002 dollar amounts. "The initial mitment from the state, portions phase is costliest because of build- of the process could move for- ing renovation and construction," ward. "By all means the fund-rais- said Durkin. 'The final phase has ing should continue," she said. less building with more trails and "We could alsowork on all the a natural setting." A tentative permits needed and possibly start time-line for starting construction restoring the edge and work our of the fast phase was placed at way in." 2004. Following Durkin's presenta- Fulfilling a request by the com- tion, Oceans Unlimited, a non- mittee, Durkin provided a sub- profit organization, expressed stantial packet of funding infor- interest in occupying space at the marion, community center. The group also "The city will have to develop a presented funding options for the creative funding strategy," she committee to investigate. said. "Each community is unique At the conclusion of the meet- in how it has to go about search- ing, committee member John ing for funding." Mateyko thanked Durkin for Committee member Betsy months of hard work. "I'm over- Reamer inquired if the city would whelmed at this tremendous work need to hire a professional fund- product," he said. "We selected raiser for the project. Andropogon because they were "It may come down to that," the best and Lewes deserves the said Durkin. "The fund-raising best." process is time consuming and Durkin will present the design constantly changing from year to plans to mayor and city council at year. a Nov. 18 meeting. The committee "It may be beneficial to have will make their recommendation someone who has their pulse on to mayor and council in what's happening. There's a lot of December.