Dover City Leaders and Police Discuss Safety at Parks - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Dover City Leaders and Police Discuss Safety at Parks

Posted: Updated:
A sign at Silver Lake Park shows the hours for the park. (Photo: WBOC) A sign at Silver Lake Park shows the hours for the park. (Photo: WBOC)

DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - On Aug. 10 an 18-year-old man was shot at Dover Park on Dover's east side. It's a scary incident at a place people want to be able to bring their kids and families.

Now, two weeks later, the city's Safety Advisory and Transportation Committee heard from Police Chief Paul Bernat about how safe Dover's parks are.

There are concerns about two of Dover's largest parks - Silver Lake and Dover.

Joan Stewart spends a lot of time in Silver Lake Park. She's there basically every day.

"We feed the ducks and squirrels," she said. "They know us when we're coming. They've gotten so they watch for us. And we walk the path for exercise."

She's there during the day.

"No, I don't see anybody or anything that is out of the ordinary when we're here," Stewart said.

But Dover City Councilman Dave Anderson said the complaints he has been hearing aren't about daylight hours.

"Where you get the complaints is more around dusk," Anderson said. "And as winter approaches, dusk is going to move up. It's going to start getting into people's time when they're jogging after work."

Anderson said park users have told him they don't feel comfortable at dusk - the parks' closing time - due to issues like people sleeping around the parks then and at night.

Dover police records show the Aug. 10 shooting is among the most serious incident police have responded to in either park in 2013, 2014 or 2015. In fact, for those years there were eight or fewer substantive incidents in either park from January through mid-August.

Police said Dover parks are generally safe. Anderson is not surprised by the numbers.

"But to be honest, these concerns didn't just pop up. There have been concerns in the Dover Park area for a while," Anderson said. "The parks are not unsafe. What we're trying to do is prevent problems.... We're seeing problems arising. We're seeing indications that we could be heading the wrong direction. The time to stop it is now."

Anderson would like to see more lighting, perhaps cameras and maybe increased patrols of the parks at night.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Ferry Sunk For Delaware Artificial Reef

    Ferry Sunk For Delaware Artificial Reef

    Jun 16, 2018 5:24 PM2018-06-16 21:24:00 GMT
    Saturday, June 16 2018 5:24 PM EDT2018-06-16 21:24:51 GMT
    Retired Lewes-to-Cape May ferry M/V Twin Capes under tow and en route to joining Delaware’s acclaimed artificial reef system. (Photo: DNREC)Retired Lewes-to-Cape May ferry M/V Twin Capes under tow and en route to joining Delaware’s acclaimed artificial reef system. (Photo: DNREC)
    Retired Lewes-to-Cape May ferry M/V Twin Capes under tow and en route to joining Delaware’s acclaimed artificial reef system. (Photo: DNREC)Retired Lewes-to-Cape May ferry M/V Twin Capes under tow and en route to joining Delaware’s acclaimed artificial reef system. (Photo: DNREC)
    CAPE HENLOPEN, Del. (AP) - A 320-foot-long ferry has been intentionally sunk to become part of an artificial reef off Delaware's coast. The state's natural resources department says the M/V Twin Capes is now the latest underwater attraction in Delaware's More
    CAPE HENLOPEN, Del. (AP) - A 320-foot-long ferry has been intentionally sunk to become part of an artificial reef off Delaware's coast. The state's natural resources department says the M/V Twin Capes is now the latest underwater attraction in Delaware's More
  • Salisbury Fire Department Recovers Car in River

    Salisbury Fire Department Recovers Car in River

    Jun 17, 2018 4:01 PM2018-06-17 20:01:00 GMT
    Sunday, June 17 2018 4:02 PM EDT2018-06-17 20:02:40 GMT
    SALISBURY, Md.- The Salisbury Fire Department spent Sunday morning recovering a partially submerged car in the Wicomico River. According to the fire department, firefighters were dispatched to the river near Market Street Inn around 11:30 a.m. Once on sceMore
    SALISBURY, Md.- The Salisbury Fire Department spent Sunday morning recovering a partially submerged car in the Wicomico River. According to the fire department, firefighters were dispatched to the river near Market Street Inn around 11:30 a.m. Once on sceMore
  • Double Homicide Reported in New Castle County

    Double Homicide Reported in New Castle County

    Jun 17, 2018 4:47 PM2018-06-17 20:47:00 GMT
    Sunday, June 17 2018 4:47 PM EDT2018-06-17 20:47:22 GMT
    Two women are dead after this stabbing in SmyrnaTwo women are dead after this stabbing in Smyrna
    Two women are dead after this stabbing in SmyrnaTwo women are dead after this stabbing in Smyrna
    BELVEDERE, Del. (AP) - Police in Delaware are investigating what appears to be a double homicide and offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who provides information leading to the capture of the killer. In a Sunday statement, New Castle County Police say offMore
    BELVEDERE, Del. (AP) - Police in Delaware are investigating what appears to be a double homicide and offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who provides information leading to the capture of the killer. In a Sunday statement, New Castle County Police say offMore
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Watch: Former Cape May Ferry Sunk for Use as Artificial Reef

    Watch: Former Cape May Ferry Sunk for Use as Artificial Reef

    On Friday, a former Cape May-Lewes ferry was sunk to become part of Delaware’s artificial reef system. The Twin Capes joined the Del-Jersey-Land reef’s submerged fleet that includes the ex-destroyer USS Arthur W. Radford, which went down in 2011 as the longest ship reefed on the East Coast, and the Zuni/Tamaroa, a Battle of Iwo Jima survivor turned US Coast Guard cutter that plied Atlantic waters for nearly 50 years.

    More

    On Friday, a former Cape May-Lewes ferry was sunk to become part of Delaware’s artificial reef system. The Twin Capes joined the Del-Jersey-Land reef’s submerged fleet that includes the ex-destroyer USS Arthur W. Radford, which went down in 2011 as the longest ship reefed on the East Coast, and the Zuni/Tamaroa, a Battle of Iwo Jima survivor turned US Coast Guard cutter that plied Atlantic waters for nearly 50 years.

    More
  • Woman Found Dead at Firefly Campground

    Woman Found Dead at Firefly Campground

    The Dover Police Department is investigating after a 20-year-old woman was found dead at the firefly campground. Police say around 6:30 a.m. officers were alerted to an unresponsive woman at Firefly Camping Lot 18. Police say the woman was found unconscious at her campsite and was treated by medical staff before she was transported to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital. There, authorities say she was pronounced dead at 6:55 a.m.

    More

    The Dover Police Department is investigating after a 20-year-old woman was found dead at the firefly campground. Police say around 6:30 a.m. officers were alerted to an unresponsive woman at Firefly Camping Lot 18. Police say the woman was found unconscious at her campsite and was treated by medical staff before she was transported to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital. There, authorities say she was pronounced dead at 6:55 a.m.

    More
  • Salisbury Fire Department Recovers Car in River

    Salisbury Fire Department Recovers Car in River

    The Salisbury Fire Department spent Sunday morning recovering a partially submerged car in the Wicomico River. According to the fire department, firefighters were dispatched to the river near Market Street Inn around 11:30 a.m. Once on scene, officials found a car in the river with a person inside. The fire department described the person in the car as "combative" and required police assistance to remove the person from the car.

    More

    The Salisbury Fire Department spent Sunday morning recovering a partially submerged car in the Wicomico River. According to the fire department, firefighters were dispatched to the river near Market Street Inn around 11:30 a.m. Once on scene, officials found a car in the river with a person inside. The fire department described the person in the car as "combative" and required police assistance to remove the person from the car.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices