At its regular meeting February 21, 2020, by a vote of 5 to 1, the City of Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners approved a construction bid to begin work on the Grove Park Canal Access Dock. The project estimate is $1.35 million with the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal Improvement Association (LRCIA) having already raised approximately $1,074,204 through grants and donations. “This has been a project that the city, as well as the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal Improvement Association, has been working on for 10 years,” said Mayor Paul Kuhns at the time.
In January, the City received three competitive bids for the project. Thompson and Sons Contracting, Inc., from Milford, Delaware, submitted the lowest base-bid at $1,254,306. The City approved the base bid and a contingency of $100,000 for a total project cost not to exceed $1,354,306. The City committed $280,000 to move the project forward, subject to a memorandum of understanding between the City of Rehoboth Beach and the LRCIA. As the project develops, the LRCIA will continue in its fundraising efforts.
The dock was completed and opened in the spring of 2021.