Update 5/28/2021 at 2:10 PM – Due to anticipated inclement weather this weekend, Worcester County Recreation and Parks staff rescheduled the ribbon cutting for the Newtown Park fishing pier for Saturday, June 5, 2021, at 9:15 a.m.
On Saturday, May 29, 2021 at 9:15 AM, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Newtown Park fishing pier. Eastern Shore Undercover will be taking the drive out to the Newtown Park Fishing Pier to be a part of the festivities.
Immediately after the ribbon cutting ceremony, area youth ages 15 and under will bait their lines and cast their rods for the 2nd annual fishing derby, which will take place from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials surveyed the pond for recreational fish, and WCRP staff are currently working with them to continue to increase the fishing habitat and improve public accessibility to the pond.
Construction on this t-shape pier was completed in December 2020 at a total cost of $42,444. DNR Program Open Space funding covered 90% of project costs. This 8’ x 50’ pier is ADA compliant, making it accessible to all.
Inspiration for this project stemmed from WCRP staff in 2019 while brainstorming ideas for safe, family-friendly, outdoor recreational activities at the Newtown Park.
“The pond at Newtown wasn’t being used, and most people didn’t even know it was there,” Worcester County Recreation and Parks (WCRP) Director Kelly Rados said. “Our parks department removed some of the brush and trees to improve access to the pond for fishing and kayak/canoe launching for our first fishing derby two years ago. The idea of the pier grew from there.”
The pier is open to those of all ages daily and is an ideal fishing spot. Permitted activities at the pond include kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding. However, swimming and ice skating are strictly prohibited.
For more information, contact Allen Swiger at (410) 632-2144, ext. 2520.
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