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Dover Post
  • Parks and Recreation Committee approves new park

  • A corner on one of Dover's most traveled streets soon could move from eyesore to landscaped park.
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  • A corner on one of Dover's most traveled streets soon could move from eyesore to landscaped park.
    The city's Parks, Recreation and Community Enhancement Committee, meeting Monday afternoon in City Hall, endorsed the prospect of establishing a pocket park at the corner of North Street and South Governors Avenue.
    The parcel is the former site of a dangerous building that was ordered demolished by the city in 2010. It currently is vacant.
    Dover's Legislative, Finance and Administration Committee approved the pocket park designation in October 2012 as part of a plan developed by the Downtown Dover Partnership and the Dover/Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization.
    The Downtown Dover Partnership recently held a ribbon cutting for one of its projects, the Loockerman Way Plaza on Loockerman Street. The city received funding from the state legislature for various improvements throughout Dover that included the plaza as well as street improvements and parking lot consolidations along North Street.
    Since those projects came in under budget, the remaining funding is available to pay for the Governors Avenue pocket park, which, according to a September 2012 staff report would cost approximately $68,000.
    The city bought the land at a sheriff's sale after the demolition and is responsible for its maintenance. Estimated upkeep costs for the park would be between $2,000 and $3,000 annually.
    The park is being designed by the Becker Morgan Group of Dover to include pavers, landscaped areas and a selection of plants, trees and shrubs.
    It also will include a marker or plaque on behalf of the Women Against Violence in Every Relationship, which is a task force of the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
    Although the types of vegetation for the park have yet to be selected, the committee required they be both attractive and easy to maintain.
    The park's design must also be reviewed by the Historic District Commission and the city's planning commission.

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