Millsboro: Conceptual plans next step in ‘park’ initiative near western limits

MILLSBORO – Rural property owned by the town of Millsboro could someday feature trails, an amphitheater or a dog park, as well as other amenities.

It might also be part of a “gateway” welcome near the town’s western outskirts.

Town council on Sept. 4 gave the go-ahead to contract a Dover-based landscaping architectural firm to develop conceptual plans for the approximate 11 acres of town-owned land located along the south side of SR 24 near the intersection with Godwin School Road.

“Your town is growing. I’m sure that is why you thought about having this,” said Matthew Spong, of Landscape Architectural Services LLC.

Most popular uses submitted in an online survey conducted this past spring that drew more than 300 responses included an outdoor amphitheater, walking/biking trails and a splash pad/water feature.

Large and small dog parks, Blue Star Garden and picnic/passive recreation areas were other suggested uses.

“He (Mr. Spong) basically integrated everything in the survey, all of the major themes,” said Millsboro Town Manager Sheldon Hudson. “It is definitely an important project for the town.”

This initiative could possibly transpose into a gateway, Mr. Spong said.

“The other thing that is interesting about that part of town is you are kind of creating a ‘Western Gateway’ into the town,” said Mr. Spong, adding this could utilize the site for both recreation while creating a “Welcome to Millsboro” gateway along heavily-traveled SR 24.

“I could definitely see this being part of the plan,” Mr. Hudson said. “I think the challenge is the actual town limits is even further west than where the park land would be. The town might have an interest in trying to work with developer and or the state to actually put that gateway sign further west. That is still kind of up in the air.”

Landscape Architectural Services has been in business for 35 years. It has been involved in development of approximately 1,500 projects, Mr. Spong said, ranging from 100-acre parks to smaller parks, including the The Circle in Georgetown. The firm has worked with the city of Milford on about 25 projects over the years.

“We are very familiar with the process and working with towns,” said Mr. Spong.

Funding for the project is in the current fiscal year budget. It is capped to not exceed $15,500, plus reimbursable expenses, Mr. Hudson said.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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