Sometimes we lose sight of what government is supposed to be doing for the people. Or, to put a fine point to it, sometimes government loses sight of what government is supposed to be doing for the people.
Governments are established to help the people they serve. They are designed to offer protection, services and laws, and to enforce said laws. In short, government is supposed to improve our quality of life.
The Town of Frankford has been steadily working over the past several years to provide its residents with a park that will provide a venue for the town’s children to play, as well as a facility that will encourage fitness and exercise for all in town. With the assistance of a matching grant from the Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation, there is a new walking path circling the perimeter of the park.
Also included in the new look of the park is a basketball court, a volleyball court and badminton areas. Coming soon will also be exercise stations at each corner around the walking path, with natural vegetation and signage.
“It started as a dream,” said Frankford Town Clerk Terry Truitt. “And in two years, it is coming to fruition,” referencing a survey the Town sent out to residents in 2010 soliciting ideas for the park. “We listened to the majority of those who returned it.”
This is a park that will not only be a source of recreation for the town’s residents, but will also serve as a beacon for the town to people from outside the area.
The park has a pavilion that can be used for birthday parties and family gatherings, and the park will be used by Unite Sussex for a second straight year as the location for U.S. Camp, an initiative for area children held for seven weeks in the summer at no charge. This camp offers children breakfast and lunch (at a time when the schools won’t be serving food), as well as educational, recreational and character-building activities.
People coming in to town for the camp or a family reunion will most likely walk away with a positive impression of Frankford, and that is good for everybody affiliated with the town.
The real summer season is soon upon us, as schools from the close metropolitan areas are letting out this week, and more of the international workers have made their way to our coastal oasis. We ask that everybody be a bit more vigilant on our roads, as there will be plenty of bicyclists riding alongside.
Local police departments and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce have done a great job over recent years of working with people on bicycle safety, but ultimately it comes down to an entire community caring and being a little more cautious.
Don’t mar summer memories with ones of dread. Be aware.