Park commissioners and Lewes officials gathered to cut the ribbon for the new playground equipment May 4 in George H.P. Smith Park in Lewes. Children were using the equipment as the ribbon was cut. The current arrangement is a $60k investment between the city and community partners.
Lewes Parks and Marina Administrator Alison Kirk secured a $20,000 match grant from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. The city matched the $20,000. DNREC added $3000.The city also received about $6,000 in donations from several individual community members in Lewes and various organizations, including Lewes Lions Club, Historic Lewes Farmers Market, County Bank, and Festival of Cheer.
Future playground improvements include a swing set, pavilion, upgrading the fencing and gates and playground walkways.
The new playground structure is intended for children up to 12 years old. It features two slides, several areas to climb and a tunnel. There will be an ADA-accessible platform, and there are plans to add a ramp to get into the playground area.