DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation has extended the Fenwick Island State Park Proposed Improvements Survey deadline to Jan. 15, 2020. The extension is to allow further input regarding improvements to the park that are under consideration. The survey and its comment section are specific to the park and its amenities. We welcome your comments about these proposed improvements. Respond online between now and January 15: Fenwick Island State Park Proposed Improvements Survey
The estimated $18 million in proposed improvements look at ways to improve traffic flow, upgrade infrastructure, and add new recreational amenities. Ørsted, an offshore wind developer, has proposed funding these projects as part of a public-private partnership.
DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation hosted a public open house on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 to review the proposal. A display of existing conditions, proposed improvements, and maps were available for the public to view; the same documents are available for download below. Members of the community were encouraged to submit comments about the proposal to improve the park. The comment period closed January 15, and comments are currently being reviewed.
The funding for the amenities under consideration would be done only if a) the State allows the Maryland Skipjack Wind Farm project proposed in federal waters to connect to the electrical grid under Fenwick Island State Park. Please note that the wind farm is is not a DNREC project, and the Department has no say in whether it is ever built or not. Comments on the wind farm should be directed to the United States Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Office of Public Affairs by email, by calling (202) 208-6474, or by writing to United States Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Office of Public Affairs, 1849 C Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20240.
For more information about the Skipjack Wind Farm, visit skipjackwindfarm.com. For additional information on the Federal approval process through BOEM, visit boem.gov/renewable-energy/state-activities/maryland-activities.
Matt Ritter, (302) 739-9187