Community Gives Feedback on Canalfront Park's Proposed Plan
LEWES, Del. - On Tuesday night, the Lewes Parks and Recreation Commission held a workshop on the Canalfront Park resurfacing and proposed changes.
The proposed concept will have a dedicated basketball court, one primary tennis court with 2 secondary pickleball courts, and 4 dedicated pickleball courts.
Members of the community had a lot to say about the proposed plan.
Susan Brooker, who teaches over 100 people to learn how to play pickleball weekly, wants the expansion.
"We have to go all the way to Dover to play pickleball on 12 courts because we don't have them down here … I’m really excited that we can make this happen,” says Brooker.
Dave Shook, who helps coach tennis at Cape Henlopen High School, mentors and teaches young kids tennis to eventually play at a higher level.
"To take away a court downtown that the kids can walk to play tennis is not a good idea, we don’t think. You're basically saying we are going to provide exercise and a sport for seniors, but we are going to deny kids the chance to learn tennis, [to] grow up playing tennis. That's why it's called a sport for a lifetime,” says Shook.
The commission says it’s trying to keep the square footage at a reasonable cost. There's no set timeline for the improvements yet.