The Wicomico County Council has voted to accept a federal grant award of $820,000 from the National Parks Service through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for development of the property known as "Pirate's Wharf." The grant is administered through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
"We are pleased that the County Council has voted to support this project," said Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver. "We look forward to transforming this property into a quality of life asset for County residents and visitors alike."
A work group established by the County Executive in 2017 recommended public water access, multi-use/low-impact recreational activities and maintenance of the property's natural resources as top priorities to consider in future development. The master planning process has begun and will continue over the next several months.
"The Pirate's Wharf development project supports the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' mission of creating diverse outdoor recreational opportunities for Maryland citizens and visitors," said Ingrid Brofman, Natural Resources Planner at Maryland DNR. "This additional access to nature on the beautiful Wicomico River will provide residents enjoyment, along with increased health benefits from walking, kayaking and spending time outdoors."
The LWCF grant requires completion of the project within a four-year period, though County officials are hopeful the project can be completed sooner.
Questions related to the project should be directed to Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism at 410-548-4900.