Port De­posit seeks in­put on wa­ter­front im­prove­ments

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

PORT DE­POSIT — Work has be­gun to trans­form the banks of the Susque­hanna River into a vi­brant work­ing wa­ter­front and pub­lic in­put is be­ing sought.

Port De­posit won a $50,000 grant last fall to re­design Ma­rina Park and create a mas­ter plan. With the grant from Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and the Na­tional Oceanic and At­mo­spheric Ad­min­is­tra­tion, the town has also ac­quired the ser­vices of a con­sul­tant team from Lard­ner/Klein Land­scape Ar­chi­tects.

Work­ing Wa­ter­front is de­signed to im­prove pub­lic ac­cess to wa­ter, to aid in restora­tion or sta­bi­liza­tion ef­forts, and also to sup­port mar­itime com­mer­cial op­er­a­tions. In­cluded with the park is the Tome Gas House, the Lower Susque­hanna Her­itage Green­way and land in that area cur­rently zoned Mar­itime Com­mer­cial and Cen­tral Busi­ness Dis­trict.

A March 27 meet­ing in town hall will in­vite pub­lic com­ment from 7 to 9 p.m. Vicky Rinker­man, town ad­min­is­tra­tor, said of­fi­cials are look­ing for ways to en­hance what is al­ready there and add new ameni­ties in­clud­ing an­other pier and a kayak launch. Part of the fo­cus will be at­tract­ing com­merce such as com­mer­cial fish­ing or other mar­itime busi­nesses.

How­ever, Ge­orge Wentz was think­ing of recre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties, namely a bas­ket­ball court.

“Could some­thing be put in that park that could draw young peo­ple or some older folks?” Wentz asked at a re­cent meet­ing. “There’s plenty of room.”

Coun­cil­woman Kate Rodgers sug­gested Wentz come to that pub­lic meet­ing and share his thoughts.

Wentz also asked if lights could be in­stalled at the bas­ket­ball courts on North Main Street.

“Some fel­lows there told me you were con­sid­er­ing putting lights there,” Wentz said, adding he would ap­plaud that project.

Bob Kuhs, also on the coun­cil, said im­prov­ing the North Street courts would be the bet­ter so­lu­tion.

“Ma­rina Park is far­ther away from the pop­u­la­tion cen­ters in town,” Kuhs said, adding that the ex­ist­ing fa­cil­ity is well used.

Wentz also sug­gested adding a court to the play­ground near the mu­nic­i­pal build­ing, but was re­minded that the town has plans to con­vert that into a dog park.

Rinker­man said there would also be a sec­ond pub­lic meet­ing some­time this sum­mer to re­view the draft plan, with ap­proval ex­pected in Septem­ber.


At the March 27 pub­lic meet­ing in Port De­posit town hall, Ge­orge Wentz will make his push for a bas­ket­ball court in Ma­rina Park. Mean­while, Wentz asked the town to con­sider putting lights on this well-used court on the north side of town.

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