Cape Henlopen State Park

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8:58 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Cape Henlopen State Park Reopened for Swimming (Update)

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Swimming at Cape Henlopen State park has been reopened on Tuesday -- a day after a delay caused by a teenager from Delmar who was reportedly bitten by a white shark yesterday afternoon.

State Officials said they wanted to be sure this was an isolated incident.

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control officials took 16 year old Andrew Vance to Beebe Medical Center where he was treated for gashes on his left forearm around 5 p.m. yesterday.

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8:37 am
Wed April 23, 2014

First Coast-to-Coast National Trail Proposed

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Senator Chris Coons says he will introduce legislation that would make the American Discovery Trail part of the National Trails System.

There are a number of agencies that currently oversee 68-hundred mile long trail that runs from Cape Henlopen State Park to Point Reyes National Seashore.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the cost of maintaining the trail is estimated at $2-million a year.

The Delaware Democrat says the principle opposition comes from those leaders who fear the trail would become an excuse for the state to take privately owned lands.

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10:27 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Kite Flying Festival Begins at Cape Henlopen State Park

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CAPE HENLOPEN, Del. (AP) - The start of Easter weekend means it's time for the annual high-flying Great Delaware Kite Festival at Cape Henlopen State Park.

The 46th edition of the annual Good Friday event is free and open to the public, but normal park entrance fees apply. The competition includes various age categories and both homemade and manufactured kites. No advance registration is required, and entrants can buy kites on site if they haven't brought their own.

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8:58 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Groundbreaking for Trail System at Cape Henlopen State Park

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LEWES, Del. (AP) - State officials are welcoming an effort to improve a trail system in Cape Henlopen State Park.

Gov. Jack Markell and other officials planned to gather Friday for the groundbreaking for the final phase of the new Gordons Pond Trail.

The new trail project, combined with an existing stone trail, will result in almost three miles of improved trail connecting Gordons Pond to Herring Point. 

Officials say the new trail will provide recreational opportunities and nice views of the pond, tidal marsh, ocean and dunes.

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10:09 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Piping Plovers Hatch in Cape Henlopen State Park

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LEWES, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say four piping plover chicks have hatched from this year's only nest at Gordons Pond in Cape Henlopen State Park.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says the chicks hatched last week and both adults were seen with the chicks that afternoon.

Over at the Point, three pairs of plovers have set up foraging territories along the bayside with their chicks that hatched earlier this month, and have been seen going back into the dunes for shelter and rest.

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9:05 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Partial Closure of Cape Henlopen State Park to Protect Endangered Shorebirds

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LEWES, Del. (AP) - Delaware state officials say they are closing part of Cape Henlopen State Park to protect threatened and endangered shorebirds.

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4:09 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

T-Section of Cape Henlopen State Park Pier to be Demolished

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The fishing pier at Cape Henlopen State Park will see its outermost T-section to be torn down beginning later this week.


Delaware State officials say the aging structure has started to collapse.


The Wilmington News Journal reports the T-head section of  the wooden 1,800-foot pier on Delaware Bay has been closed to the public since 2006.


Collin O’Mara Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources said that structure was recently found to be rapidly deteriorating because of prolonged storm and wave damage

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8:45 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Piping Plovers Spotted at Cape Henlopen State Park

CAPE HENLOPEN, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say seven piping plover chicks have been spotted on the Point at Cape Henlopen State Park.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says two pairs of piping plovers hatched chicks last week. Both broods of the threatened shore bird have moved away from the nest site toward the shoreline to feed.

Two other plover pairs in the area are still incubating their eggs. Monitors are keeping a lookout for two more pairs who may renest after they lost their nests.

 

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8:25 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Controlled Burns in Cape Henlopen State Park

 

 

          Delaware forestry crews have begun lighting controlled fires deep inside  Cape Henlopen State Park aimed at clearing some of the dense leaf layer on the floor of the forest.

            Rob Line, environmental stewardship program manager for the state parks, told the Wilmington News Journal…that officials have been talking about a controlled burn for key habitat areas in the park for decades.

            The largest three plots that span 12.6 acres east of Gordons Pond will be burned at a later time.