The Town of Ocean View continues to improve one of its greatest assets — John West Park.
At the July 14 council meeting, Town Manager Dianne Vogel said the Town did receive the $10,000 grant from Sussex County for park improvements, which will be used to install a shade shelter in mid-August. She added that the Town will try to obtain an additional grant from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) to fund installing another shade shelter.
Vogel added that lighting outlining the gazebo, the barbecue and picnic pavilion, and town hall itself have been installed. The expenditure was included in the Town’s approved 2016-fiscal-year Capital Improvement Budget.
Councilman Bill Olsen asked Town Administrative Official Charles McMullen about the status of other improvements to the park. He said the playground at John West Park now has a Boulder Ridge Rock Wall, a Jax Web for climbing and a Moto-Cross “C” Spring Rider, and that upgrades have been made to fitness equipment. Later in the fiscal year, an octagonal shelter over the handicapped-accessible picnic table nearest the gazebo will be added.
“We’re getting a lot of nice compliments… People are talking about how happy they are with the park.”
“I had all my grandkids there over Fourth of July, and they just loved it,” added Mayor Walter Curran.
Olsen asked McMullen what the status was for the Assawoman Canal Trail.
“Is it open, closed?”
McMullen said the trail is open; however, it has not been “officially” opened yet.
“There are a few things they’re trying to finish up,” he said. “People are using it. They’ve been using it during construction. Everyone I’ve talked to about it who has been down there has had nothing but nice things to say about it. The reviews are good, but it’s not yet officially open.”
Vogel said the Town is waiting on an invitation from DNREC to the official dedication, which has yet to be scheduled.
In other Town news:
• Friday, July 17, at 6 p.m., Junior Wislon and percussionist Chatty will perform at John West Park. The Boy Scouts of Troop 281 will sell hotdogs, and Mr. Softee will provide free ice cream. The concert is free and open to the public.
• OVPD hosted two Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) courses during the week of June 22, at Lord Baltimore Elementary School. The ALERRT curriculum, developed after the shooting at Columbine High School, has become the national standard in active-shooter response training.
• OVPD officers provided Rescue Task Force (RTF) training to firefighters and EMS officials from the Millville and Bethany Beach volunteer fire companies and Sussex County EMS. The training on June 26 was also held at Lord Baltimore Elementary School. RTF incorporates fire and EMS into the initial response to an active shooter or bombing event.
• PFC Justin Hopkins and K-9 Hardy have graduated from the Delaware State Police Canine Training Academy. The OVDP K-9 Team currently holds certifications from certifying organizations including: Delaware State Police, National Tactical Police Dog Association and National Police Canine Association.
• The Ocean View town council will not meet in the month of August. Its next scheduled meeting will be held Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.