The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has adopted the White Clay Creek Master Plan. The plan presents a vision and framework for White Clay Creek State Park for the next 10 years.
The master plan, created by DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation, includes 10 implementation strategies that group individual action items by theme or location.
Top strategies include:
The division also created a calendar, available at the park office, with dates when Creek and Thompson Station road segments are open to vehicular traffic.
The public was integral in the creation and approval of the master plan. Signage, social media, emails, a kickoff event and press release were used to get the word out about the process.
The division held four open houses and conducted an online survey to gather public input before drafting the plan.
To encourage open dialogue with park users and those interested in the park, the division held an open house on the preliminary draft master plan and welcomed written and electronic comments.
A final public meeting was held in August.
More than 1,200 participants provided feedback. All comments received were thoroughly evaluated for inclusion in the plan.
White Clay Creek State Park offers scenic and recreational open space among 3,689 acres and nearly 40 miles of trails in northern Delaware. The park is popular for hiking, bicycling, trail running and fishing. It includes accessible fishing docks, a disc golf course, a pavilion, bandshell, playground, agricultural concessionaires, public golf course, and diverse natural areas. It is next to the University of Delaware and City of Newark.
The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control held a virtual meeting on Monday, Aug. 2, for the public to review and comment on the proposed final draft of the White Clay Creek State Park Master Plan. View a recording of the meeting.
All comments submitted at the meeting or in writing prior to Tuesday, Aug. 17, were reviewed before the White Clay Creek State Park Master Plan was finalized.
Public involvement in the planning process began with an initial survey in 2018 (Summary of Results).
The division held four open houses that year to gather public interest and ideas before creating the draft White Clay Creek State Park Master Plan. Each open house focused on different aspects of the plan.
June 25, 2018: Natural Resources and Interpretation
July 10, 2018: Buildings/Infrastructure
August 1, 2018: Roads and Trails
Draft 2006 Master Plan (Never finalized)