DOVER (Dec. 1, 2011) – A proposal to realign and improve the trail linking Gordons Pond to Herring Point in Cape Henlopen State Park will be the focus of an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 at the Lewes Public Library at 111 Adams Ave. off Kings Highway. DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation is hosting the meeting.
The two-mile-long trail would include about 2,500 feet of raised boardwalk with handrails through a section of the park that features expansive views of the pond, marsh and ocean. The north and south ends of the trail would be composed of crushed stone and would follow the existing trail alignment.
The path is designed to have minimal impacts on wildlife habitat, cultural sites, wetlands and rare plant species. The alignment was chosen by DNREC experts after several field trips and extensive reviews of data. It also avoids areas with dune movement that could require excessive trail maintenance.
The Gordons Pond Trail project is included in Governor Jack Markell’s First State Trails and Pathways Plan. When completed, it will provide a key link in a 15.5-mile loop through Lewes and Rehoboth Beach that includes the Junction and Breakwater Trail in the western section of the park.
The informational open house will feature exhibits, a slide presentation, experts on hand to answer questions and the opportunity for the public to comment.