Port Deposit seeks input on waterfront improvements
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.