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Parking a potential probl,:In around canalfront park in Lewes By Andrew Keegan Lewes residents want a canal- front park. They also want mini- mal parking. While it may be a new project, it's a familiar dilem- ma: parking. For a city exploring possible annexation, thereby rais- ing the total number of residents, providing adequate parking for the waterfront park remains debat- able. That persistent issue was again raised at a Dec. 3 meeting of the Canalfront Advisory Ad-Hoc Committee. "This is a very beautiful park," said resident Gilbert Holt, "but I wonder where all the Little League folks will park." Concep- tual design plans call for approxi- mately 60 total spaces devoted to parking, with 15 of those slotted for an area near the ball field. On a typical Saturday, Little League participants utilize every avail- able space surrounding the out- field fence and even spill over into tennis court parking and the pub- lic boat launch - which is not per- mitted. Design plans for the new park indicate trees and other vege- tation will be planted right up to the outfield fence. "There's also the Historical Society. Whenever they have an event, everything is full. There's not enough parking as it is, and what's there will be re- moved," said Holt, who previous- ly served as president of Lewes Little League for 14 years. Richard Berl, president of Lewes Little League, said there were early concerns the organiza- tion was not being integrated into the park's design. However, infor- mal discussions with several city council members has alleviated any doubt, he said. "We're very happy where we are and certainly don't have the funds to create a new ballpark," said Berl. "I haven't taken a close look at the plans to see how our parking will be impacted but hopefully, there will be a solution if needed." Ac- cording to Bed, 312 youngsters, age 12 and younger, participated in Lewes Little League last year. The rate of enrollment has re- mained steady for the past five years with Saturday games attract- ing an average of 150 people, said Bed. Ann Hillman, committee chair- woman, said parking appears to be a major problem and needs to be addressed further. "Welcome to Lewes," said councilman and committee mem- ber James Ippolito. "Do we want to utilize beautiful open space to provide parking for a pedestrian oriented city? At the last commu- nity workshop, every single group said it wanted minimum parking." "Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying don't build the park," Holt responded. "Just seems to me if you build a beautiful park, you need to supply adequate parking for all those who wish to use it." The evening's agenda also in- cluded a discussion on possibly relocating the quonset hut. Resi- dent Ralph Richardson had sub- mitted a letter to the committee with two concerns: an inappropri- ate addition - in architectural de- sign - to the net house, and a de- sire to preserve the quonset hut for future generations. Richardson's letter indicated the proposed net house addition was too modern and not in keeping with the build- ings maritime history. Committee member Nancy Tar- gett said she had previously ad- dressed the issue with Teresa Durkin, an Andropogon represen- tative heading up the project, and had been assured the preliminary sketch leaves room for amend- .... ment. Richardson also inqt/ired if Cape Henlopen State Park had been contacted to see if the World War II era quonset hut could fit in with the parks future plan. "I know they have been developing plans for a pretty extensive World War II area, so it may fit into their plans," said committee member Tom Nobile, who was selected to speak with park officials on the matter. Funding, or rather the timeline allotted to each funding phase of Continued on page 10 Andrew Keegan photo While the ballpark itself will not be changed, the area surrounding the field will no longer be accessible for parking. You Gotta Get OUTLET More Often: For outletrageous holiday values, shop over_140 tax-free stores, including Harry and David, L. L. Bean, Nike, Oneida Home and Zales, The Diamond Store Outlet. Wrap up your shopping with our Holiday Gift Wrap While-U-Wait, located just inside OshKosh B'Gosh in Center 3 !all proceeds benefit the YMCA Campaign For Kids). For stress-free gift-giving, pick up a bundle of center-wide gift certificates at the Customer Service Center in Center 3. Rehoboth Outlets' Route 1 in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware * Mon. - Sat. 10 AM - 9 PM & Sun. 10 AM - 6 PM 302-226-9223 www.shoprehoboth.com Parking a potential probl,:In around canalfront park in Lewes By Andrew Keegan Lewes residents want a canal- front park. They also want mini- mal parking. While it may be a new project, it's a familiar dilem- ma: parking. For a city exploring possible annexation, thereby rais- ing the total number of residents, providing adequate parking for the waterfront park remains debat- able. That persistent issue was again raised at a Dec. 3 meeting of the Canalfront Advisory Ad-Hoc Committee. "This is a very beautiful park," said resident Gilbert Holt, "but I wonder where all the Little League folks will park." Concep- tual design plans call for approxi- mately 60 total spaces devoted to parking, with 15 of those slotted for an area near the ball field. On a typical Saturday, Little League participants utilize every avail- able space surrounding the out- field fence and even spill over into tennis court parking and the pub- lic boat launch - which is not per- mitted. Design plans for the new park indicate trees and other vege- tation will be planted right up to the outfield fence. "There's also the Historical Society. Whenever they have an event, everything is full. There's not enough parking as it is, and what's there will be re- moved," said Holt, who previous- ly served as president of Lewes Little League for 14 years. Richard Berl, president of Lewes Little League, said there were early concerns the organiza- tion was not being integrated into the park's design. However, infor- mal discussions with several city council members has alleviated any doubt, he said. "We're very happy where we are and certainly don't have the funds to create a new ballpark," said Berl. "I haven't taken a close look at the plans to see how our parking will be impacted but hopefully, there will be a solution if needed." Ac- cording to Bed, 312 youngsters, age 12 and younger, participated in Lewes Little League last year. The rate of enrollment has re- mained steady for the past five years with Saturday games attract- ing an average of 150 people, said Bed. Ann Hillman, committee chair- woman, said parking appears to be a major problem and needs to be addressed further. "Welcome to Lewes," said councilman and committee mem- ber James Ippolito. "Do we want to utilize beautiful open space to provide parking for a pedestrian oriented city? At the last commu- nity workshop, every single group said it wanted minimum parking." "Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying don't build the park," Holt responded. "Just seems to me if you build a beautiful park, you need to supply adequate parking for all those who wish to use it." The evening's agenda also in- cluded a discussion on possibly relocating the quonset hut. Resi- dent Ralph Richardson had sub- mitted a letter to the committee with two concerns: an inappropri- ate addition - in architectural de- sign - to the net house, and a de- sire to preserve the quonset hut for future generations. Richardson's letter indicated the proposed net house addition was too modern and not in keeping with the build- ings maritime history. Committee member Nancy Tar- gett said she had previously ad- dressed the issue with Teresa Durkin, an Andropogon represen- tative heading up the project, and had been assured the preliminary sketch leaves room for amend- .... ment. Richardson also inqt/ired if Cape Henlopen State Park had been contacted to see if the World War II era quonset hut could fit in with the parks future plan. "I know they have been developing plans for a pretty extensive World War II area, so it may fit into their plans," said committee member Tom Nobile, who was selected to speak with park officials on the matter. Funding, or rather the timeline allotted to each funding phase of Continued on page 10 Andrew Keegan photo While the ballpark itself will not be changed, the area surrounding the field will no longer be accessible for parking. You Gotta Get OUTLET More Often: For outletrageous holiday values, shop over_140 tax-free stores, including Harry and David, L. L. Bean, Nike, Oneida Home and Zales, The Diamond Store Outlet. Wrap up your shopping with our Holiday Gift Wrap While-U-Wait, located just inside OshKosh B'Gosh in Center 3 !all proceeds benefit the YMCA Campaign For Kids). For stress-free gift-giving, pick up a bundle of center-wide gift certificates at the Customer Service Center in Center 3. Rehoboth Outlets' Route 1 in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware * Mon. - Sat. 10 AM - 9 PM & Sun. 10 AM - 6 PM 302-226-9223 www.shoprehoboth.com