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<%server.execute "/left.asp"%> March 13, 2003
Volume 33, Number 63
Division of Parks and Recreation

Contact: Lacy Nichols, Fish and Wildlife, phone: 302-739-3441
or Jason Gleockler, Communications Office, phone: 302-739-4506

Newport Boat Ramp Complete; Features Include Two Launch Lanes, Two Floating Docks, and Canoe/Kayak Launch Cradle

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Town of Newport announce the completion of the Newport Boat Ramp located on the Christina River in Newport, Del.

The Newport boating facility has two concrete launch lanes, two floating boarding docks and a courtesy dock with a canoe and kayak launch cradle. The paved and lighted parking area has parking for 51 vehicles. The entire facility is barrier free.

This project was a partnership between the Town of Newport and DNREC's Division of Fish and Wildlife. The two agencies utilized local, state, and federal funding sources to develop the new project which will provide additional access areas for the public. The Newport Boat Ramp is off of Harvey Drive in the Town of Newport on the Christina River.

"The Christina was once known as Delaware's forgotten river," said DNREC Secretary John A. Hughes. "This facility will enhance the public's opportunity to enjoy this wonderful resource."

The project began with site selection in July 1999. Actual construction on the ramp began April 1, 2002. The project "recycled" a parcel of land owned by the Town of Newport and situated along the Christina River from an abandoned construction refuse landfill into the new access site.

"It has been a pleasure to work with DNREC's Division of Fish and Wildlife," said Newport Mayor, Donald Mulrine. "Our town's new boating facility brings additional recreational opportunities to residents of the Town of Newport and New Castle County."

A dedication is planned for sometime this spring but no date has been set.




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