The Delaware River has long been a working river, and Fox Point State Park provides front row seats for watching the river at work. With the shipping channel a scant hundred yards away, the view of tugs and tankers will truly be up close and personal. Interpretive displays describe the functions of the various watercraft plying the river. The park is the northern terminus of the ninety-mile-long Coastal Heritage Greenway that stretches to Cape Henlopen State Park, and the eastern-most point of the Northern Delaware Greenway.
The land that the park occupies was created when the Pennsylvania Railroad began filling in the bank of the river along its right-of-way to create additional industrial land. S. Marston Fox, for whom the park is named, began a battle in 1958 to stop the filling process and turn the four-mile stretch of shoreline over to the people of Delaware. The land finally was turned over to New Castle County in the the late 1970s. Led by Rep. David Ennis and Eugene "Tom" Snell, the Fox Point Civic Association took up the fight to turn the area into parkland following Fox's death in 1982. In 1990, the land was turned over to the state, and the remediation process began.
Past dumping practices at Fox Point had contaminated the soil at the site. In order to use the land as a park without endangering the health of the employees and visitors, a remedy commonly used at landfills was selected - a cap system. Under this plan, an impermeable layer of thick plastic was placed over the 15-acre surface of the site to isolate contaminated material. Layers of sand, clean fill and topsoil were placed above and below this plastic liner for drainage and the support of future vegetation. Today, Fox Point State Park stands as a testament to visionaries like S. Marston Fox and the community leaders who took Mr. Fox's vision and made it a reality.
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
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