The city of Milford will celebrate the completion of two new recreation projects and the receipt of grants for both, as well as a third project, at 4 p.m. Oct. 19 on the Mispillion Riverwalk along the Mispillion River, adjacent to Arena’s Restaurant, 200 NE Front St.. Milford.
The first project is the recently constructed educational pavilion and three nature overlooks alongside the Gary L. Emory nature trail on Goat Island. The pavilion and overlooks are intended to become part of a living classroom for children and adults, whereby small groups can meet and learn about the natural environment from different vantage points on the island. The cost of this project was $100,000, with a $50,000 grant from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Outdoor Recreation Parks and Trails Program, with the balance being funded by capital reserves from the city of Milford.
The second project recently completed is a floating kayak dock and gangway on the Mispillion River, located close to the heart of downtown and alongside the riverwalk. The floating dock will give another entry and exit point to the river for kayakers, canoers and paddle boarders in a prime location. This project costs about $100,000 with a grant of $72,000 from Rep. Gary Simpson, a grant of $17,500 from DNREC’s Environmental Project Fund and the balance from the city of Milford.
Third, the city is accepting a grant from the Delaware Beverage Association and the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America to support recycling efforts and to reduce litter in downtown and in parks and public spaces. In 2016, the city received partial funding from DNREC for new dual recycling and trash containers. The Delaware Beverage Association and the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America will fund 25 percent of the total project.