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Grove Park Canal Access Project
At their regular meeting on February 21, 2020, by a vote of 5 to 1, the City of Rehoboth Beach 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,” says Paul Kuhns, Rehoboth Beach Mayor.
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. Construction for the project is underway now and is expected to be completed within a year.
In November 2011, a feasibility report conducted by Delaware-based Landscape Architectural Services, LLC and RK&K concluded that a Rehoboth Beach Dock could be built to satisfy all government and public codes and verified the following:
- The development plan provides access to the canal via a pier and dock that accommodates two 30’ pontoon boats and kayak/canoe launch.
- The terminus design is ADA compliant.
- The terminus design ties into the existing Rehoboth Beach Museum site and complements its existing architecture.
- The terminus will create a western “gateway” to the City of Rehoboth Beach and better connect it to Lewes and Dewey Beach among other towns along Southern Delaware’s intercoastal waterway.
At the workshop meeting on Monday, July 8, 2019, the commissioners voted to support the Grove Park Canal Access Project to completion. For more information on the LRCIA, contact Mark Carter at 302-684-1000, ext.225 or Scott Thomas at 302-856-1818.