By Mike McClure

Wicomico Director of Parks and Recreation and Tourism Steve Miller presented the Delmar Commission with an update on potential park improvement plans at the county owned Mason Dixon complex in Delmar during Monday night’s meeting.

Miller, a Delmar resident, said engineers Davis Bowen and Friedel were hired a year ago to develop a master plan for the project. Representatives from the county, the town (Maryland), Wicomico County schools, and the Delmar Little League were involved in the year long process.

Shown is the drawing for the proposed improvement to the Mason Dixon complex in Delmar.

The project’s top priorities were: public safety, enhancing the park as a recreational asset, and improving the facility to host weekend events. 

A public meeting was held at the Delmar Elementary School on Feb. 8 and DBF drafted a master plan. Now the county is looking for public input.

The design includes public parking to get away from the railroad tracks, where spectators currently park.

Two fields will be reoriented (flipped around) so that the home plates are near the parking areas on the property.

The proposed parking lot across from the elementary school could be available to the school in the morning during  drop-off times. It will be used for events on nights and weekends,

Plans also include a new concession stand with ADA compliant bathrooms. The current concession stand would be used for storage.

Lights are being proposed on all four fields with new lights on three of the fields. There would also be walking paths and three pickleball courts.

Miller plans to go to the County Council in November for feedback. If the county agrees with the plan, the next step is securing funding. The expected cost of the project is $4 million.

The state, county, town, and board of education will be asked to contribute to the cost.

In other business, the town’s farmer’s market will be in State Street Park on Oct. 21.

Town Manager Jeff Fleetwood also announced that Sophia Overton was named the Delaware Rural Water’s Water Treatment Plant Operator of the Year during a ceremony last Friday.