Work starts to improve Delaware Seashore State Park

Improvements to the park come after construction work on the nearby Indian River Inlet Bridge took up some space at the state park.

The $10 million enhancement work at Delaware Seashore State Park includes construction of nearly 100 camping sites, upgrades to the bathhouses, more parking and other enhancements.

“These improvements will showcase an important part of the recreational trails and pathways we’re continuing to build,” said Delaware Governor Jack Markell. “The upgrades are enhancing what is already a great Delaware destination.”

The park features six miles of shoreline along the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Rehoboth Bay on the west. It is bisected on the southern end by the Indian River Inlet. The area surrounding the inlet is where the improvement work will be concentrated.

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“The investments at Delaware Seashore State Park will allow thousands of additional families to enjoy this incredible recreational jewel,” said DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara. “From new campgrounds, trails, a new playground and improved fishing access, to renovated bathrooms, additional parking, and better beach access, these enhancements will make this park a must see attraction for all Delawareans and visitors.”

The improvements will cost a total of $9.87 million, of which the Federal Highway Administration will pay more than $7 million. The upgrades replace what was taken away from the park’s amenities while construction of the Indian River Inlet Bridge was underway. The project is also designed to modernize the park’s offerings to visitors.

The park’s south campground and the southeast day-use area should reopen before Memorial Day 2014. You can find a map showing all the improvements on DelDOT’s website.

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