At long last, four years after the Town purchased property off Dukes Drive, ground will be broken for the new Millville Town Park.
The ceremonial groundbreaking is set for Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m. on the 5-acre property, according to town officials.
Millville Mayor Steve Maneri, who has chaired the Town’s park committee as the project has moved slowly through the pre-construction permitting processes, said on Wednesday, Sept. 4, that he will save his comments for the groundbreaking, but that he is “so happy” the park is finally moving toward construction. “It’s not a dream!” he said.
When completed, the park will include maritime themed playgrounds, a 4,000-square-foot community/recreation center, a pavilion, a 1/3-mile walking trail, pickleball courts and a state-of-the-art “Challenge Course” that will incorporate electronic elements with a fitness and obstacle course.
The land for the park was purchased for $800,000 in September 2015. The project will be divided into three phases, the first of which will include the parking lot, playgrounds, fitness trail the Challenge Course. That phase is expected to be completed in the spring of 2020.
The community center and a maintenance building will be the main features of the second phase. The third phase will include the pickleball courts and pavilion.
On hand at the groundbreaking will be town officials, as well as representatives from the Whayland Co., which was awarded a $1.7 million contract for the park project last month.
The GPS-friendly address for the park is 32517 Dukes Drive, Millville. Maneri said the groundbreaking ceremony will be held toward the back of the property, near where the construction equipment is currently located.
Due to the impending heavy construction at the park site, the Town has decided to cancel its Great Pumpkin Festival this year.
By Kerin Magill