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Manokin River Park Restoration Project Officially Under Way

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Improvements to the Manokin River Park in Princess Anne are well under way and town officials hope to draw more people to the area once it is complete.

Amber Doby and her daughter, 4-year-old Miley Smith, are frequent visitors to the park and are excited about restoration efforts.

"It's a mess, look at it. I mean I can see that they are cleaning up over there, so I can't wait," Doby said.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is funding the project through a $190,000 grant from the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund, according to Princess Anne Public Works Director Tracy Grangier.   

Garland Hayward, president of the town commissioners, said plans to improve the ecological and recreational value of the Manokin River Park have been in the works for a while.

 "It's been a long time coming. I mean over 10, 15 years that we've waited, " he said.

The Manokin River has a murky history and once made a grim list of waterways that did not meet certain requirements for the state, according to a  Manokin Stream Corridor Assessment Survey conducted more than a decade ago by the state. 

However, with the help of funding, Princess Anne is able to do its part by installing two bio-retention areas to collect storm water runoff, restore wetlands, and stabilize stream banks. Gabriel Bailey thinks the plan is good for the community and the environment.

"I'm glad they are making a change out here. We need that," Gabriel said. "We need a lot of good places for the children to have a nice place to go to." 

Hayward hopes the town will attract more people once the project is complete. 

"We want them to be able to fish from the banks, and we want them to be able to canoe from one side to the other," Hayward said. 

The project will be finished by the end of December. Town officials also plan to add a playground and other recreational equipment to the park. 

 

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