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DNREC Funds to Build Dover Playground, Trail to High School

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Mallard Pond in Dover where a playground will be built with grant funds from DNREC. (Photo: Ryan Stanley WBOC) Mallard Pond in Dover where a playground will be built with grant funds from DNREC. (Photo: Ryan Stanley WBOC)

DOVER, Del.- The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has given $1.29 million to 14 parks and trails projects throughout Delaware.

Dover is one of the cities receiving money from DNREC. Dover's share is $81,350. Just over $30,000 of that will go toward building a new playground at Millard Pond Park which sits behind the Millard Pond Development right off Kenton Rd.

The park currently has nothing else to offer other than a small pond. The money is set to help develop it.

Felicia Duggins lives behind the pond, and her grandkids regularly go there to run around if they are not playing in her backyard.

"The playground I have [in my yard], they're going to outgrow that soon," she said. "So it'll be nice to have something that will be big enough for them as they grow.

The other $50,000 granted by DNREC will be used to build a multi-use path to provide a safe route to Dover High School, according to DNREC. Right now there are sidewalks, but they do not run consistently down one side of route 8 where Dover High School sits.

Duggins says the playground will also make the neighborhood safer for play.

"It's a lot of children," she said. "If you ride out you'll see them on the side of the road playing. A lot of them play in the road."

She says the playground will provide a good place for kids to go instead of running around in the road. Mallard Pond Park is not the most well-known park in Dover, but it will serve a few neighborhoods in the city.

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