After years of delay, new park finally under construction
MILLVILLE, Del. – After years of delay, construction is finally underway on a five-acre plot of land that will soon be turned into the focal point for Millville.
The property was purchased by Millville back in 2015 for $800,000, but bureaucracy slowed the plans.
“It’s finally happened after five years in the planning, of purchasing the land, dealing with all the agencies here in the state of Delaware,” said Millville councilman Ron Belinko.
Now that work is finally underway this property will soon offer something for all ages. A playground for kids, a fitness trail, a community-rec center that can host parties and weddings, an amphitheater, and pickleball courts.
“Six to 96, we’re going to have something for everybody,” said Millville councilman Peter Mitchel.
Officials hope this new area will encourage more people to stay in town when they want to use their time for recreation.
“A lot of times we have to go into Bethany or other places. This is for the town people, this is for the town of Millville,” Mitchel said. “It’s filling a gap where we can all come together as a town, all the town’s people for any kind of thing that we have.”
Construction on phase one of the project is expected to be completed by spring of next year.
Residents we spoke with did have some concerns including whether the road the park is being built on will be widened, what times the park will be open to the public, and who will be responsible for the upkeep.
Due to the heavy construction that will be ongoing at this site, Millville has cancelled this year’s great pumpkin festival.