Re­pairs will al­low kayaks, ca­noes to be launched in Elk­ton park




— Marina Park’s boat ramps are sched­uled to be cleaned up later this year to al­low peo­ple to launch kayaks and ca­noes into the Big Elk Creek.

Work­ers from the Depart­ment of Public Works will re­move sed­i­ment and de­bris, which has ac­cu­mu­lated over the past decade due to flood­ing, Town Ad­min­is­tra­tor Lewis Ge­orge said in an email.

Ge­orge said DPW’s fo­cus is on the ramps, but the work­ers will also check the wharf, which is lo­cated between the ramps, to make sure it is safe.

Ge­orge is hope­ful the work will be­gin in early July, but the start date is con­tin­gent on the town re­ceiv­ing a per­mit from the Mary­land Depart­ment of the En­vi­ron­ment. The work should take no longer than two weeks to com­plete, weather per­mit­ting.

Jeanne Min­ner, di­rec­tor of the town’s Plan­ning Depart­ment, noted that while peo­ple with kayaks and ca­noes will be able to launch from Marina Park, that area of the creek is too shal­low for mo­tor boats and larger craft.

Ge­orge rec­om­mends larger boats use the county’s Elk River Park off Old­field Point Road.

The project has re­ceived pos­i­tive feed­back from town of­fi­cials.

Mayor Rob Alt said the ramp will give the com­mu­nity more op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­joy recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties in the area and be close to the down­town area.

The bulk­heads, boat ramps and wharf were in­stalled in the 1980s, Ge­orge said. The park also of­fers basketball and ten­nis courts.


Marina Park’s boat ramps will be cleared of de­bris and sed­i­ment later in the year.

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