Published in the Newark Post —
Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and Rep. John Carney (all D-Del.) congratulated Delaware City for receiving two grant awards from the United States Department of Agriculture to aid in the construction of a new trailhead and trail connector from Delaware City to the C&D Canal Recreation Trail.
For this effort, Delaware City received a $100,000 Rural Business Enterprise Grant award and a $50,000 USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities Program grant award, which helps finance essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. This project will connect to the C&D Canal Recreation Trail and establish an inviting gateway to the central business district on the Delaware River. The project aims to construct a bridge and asphalt trail facilities from the C&D Canal Trail past the historic African Civil War cemetery winding up to a recently upgraded pedestrian crossing at State Route 9, and across it bringing visitors north into the central business district.
“Grants like this one will help link Delaware City to the C&D Canal Recreation Trail and encourage those using the trail to also visit the Delaware City community and learn about its rich and historic beginnings,” said Sen. Carper. “In the long run, this project will provide trail users with easy access to Delaware City small businesses while also promoting a healthy lifestyle. That’s just the type of win-win situation I envision for this project as it serves our community for years to come.” [Continue Reading …]