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Dover Talking About a New Recreation Center

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DOVER, Del.- The Dover Park Recreation Center was torn down years ago with a promise something would eventually replace it.

Today, there is no recreation center. There are empty fields that are not used in any organized way.

Mayor Robin Christiansen said he requested $1.5 million from the Delaware Attorney General's Office, because he has money in bank settlement funds that is supposed to be dispersed for community-related projects. 

Attorney General Matt Denn's office told WBOC Monday that Denn has not seen the letter. Carl Kanefsky, Delaware Department of Justice public information officer, said the office already has plans for the bank settlement funds and a Dover recreation center is not a part of them.

Dover currently only has one recreation center located in Shutte Park called the Pitts Center. 

Fred Neil, 3rd District councilman, said the main concern is exactly how it will all be paid for. 

"Just look at my community. This is 55-plus. They're going to ask me how we are going to pay for it," he said.

Neil said the problem with the fields just sitting there is that they are not being utilized in a way that facilitates an active lifestyle for children. He also said there could be much more programming to take place there as a result.

Christiansen said he sees no problem with going for some of the money and beginning a discussion about the recreation center.

"We didn't have all the money in hand when we built the Pitts Center, we certainly didn't have all the money in hand when we began construction on the library," he said.

The next step is to find a way to fund a new recreation center.

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