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.