Millville buildings go up and down, construction on schedule

A pirate ship may be coming to Millville. That’s the theme of playground equipment that Town staff are considering for the new town park.

Millville’s two biggest projects are proceeding according to plan, as a police and municipal building goes up, and as old buildings are cleared for the future Millville Town Park.

In 2015, Millville bought the property at 32517 Dukes Drive, a side-road connecting from Windmill Avenue to Route 26.

Possibly within the next month, Town planners will have a public presentation to show the town council the park’s potential amenities. The council will be asked to vote on designs and equipment.

Town Manager Debbie Botchie said she envisions a nautical-themed playground. That includes large play structures for older and younger children; a large field that leads to a pavilion stage; a walking path with exercise stations; and a “challenge course,” similar to an obstacle course, where people can actually hit a button and time themselves.

There’s room for concerts, picnic tables, restrooms and two 50-yard-dash lanes for people to race.

At one point, it seemed Millville By the Sea would provide parkland to the Town, but “We haven’t heard anything about that in two years, maybe,” Botchie said. “We’ve moved on.”

Millville will have plenty of room on their 4.9 acres on Dukes Drive.

In fact, the former residence there, as well as some asbestos and several trees, have already been removed form the property, leaving an empty field for the town’s Great Pumpkin Festival to return on Oct. 6.

Meanwhile, town hall is shaking with the sound of progress. Construction continues on an adjacent municipal building that will serve as a Delaware State Police outpost.

“There have been times when we rattle in here,” Botchie said, but she complimented the builders and designers, since construction is on scheduled to finish by January of 2017.

Lacking its own police force, Millville has sought a way to encourage DSP troopers to be more visible in town and surrounding unincorporated areas.

With a groundbreaking in June, the building currently has a ground floor of concrete bricks, as well as a second story of wooden planks.

The two-story addition will include interview rooms, training space, a kitchenette, car-washing bays and more. It will attach to town hall via a two-story glass lobby.