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Capital City Trail Officially Open

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Capital City Trail while under construction. Courtesy State of Delaware. Capital City Trail while under construction. Courtesy State of Delaware.

DOVER, Del. – The ribbon has been cut and the Capital City Trail is officially open.

According to state officials, the trail starts at Public Safety Blvd. on Southbound U.S. 13. It then crosses to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and runs to Legislative Hall.

From there, the trail crosses Loockerman St. and follows Park Dr. to Division St.

“Passing through the heart of Dover, the Capital City Trail will become a part of the daily lives of city residents,” DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt said. “In fact, according to estimates, more than 13,000 people live within a ten-minute bike ride of the existing trail. And many thousands more will live within an easy riding or walking distance of an even larger trail system that we have in mind for the greater Dover area.”

The 4.5 mile trail cost $1.6 million.

In the future, state planners say they envision the Capital City Trail connecting to Brecknock Park along Route 10 and connecting to Schutte Park along the future West Dover Connector.

Eventually, a loop 14 miles in length will connect the City of Dover with the towns of Camden and Wyoming and Dover Air Force Base housing.

“With the completion of the Capital City Trail, Dover is a better place to live, work, and visit,” DNREC Division of Parks and Recreation Director Ray Bivens said. “This trail safely links us and our families to Dover's historic and cultural attractions, businesses, parks, schools, government offices, and the Dover Air Force Base. Located in the heart of the city, the Capital City Trail is making Dover more bikeable and walkable, not only connecting people with the outdoors and nature, but providing other benefits as well – improving air quality, promoting healthier lifestyles, spurring local businesses, and expanding recreation and tourism.”

“We are proud to have been a partner in this effort and feel that the successful completion of this trail will be another tool in the marketing and economic development of our downtown area as well as continuing the theme of historically happening Dover,” Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen said.

"The Capital City Trail represents a great example of successful coordination and collaboration between a variety of agencies, all striving to meet the transportation needs of Dover's residents,” said Rich Vetter, executive director of the Dover / Kent County MPO. “We look forward to continuing the relationship with our partners as we begin to implement new projects that are included in the City of Dover's updated Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans."

This trail is part of Governor Markell's First State Trails and Pathways Initiative.

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