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Tidewater Park - Nature Based Playground

Impact Area: Conservation, Health and Wellness, Social Equity
Region: Northeast

With this funding, we will create the Entrance Pavilion and ‘Gathering Place’ for our nature-based playground along The Ramble in Laurel DE.

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About this project.

Laurel’s comprehensive waterfront redevelopment plan - The Ramble, is an award-winning project that has attracted state and regional attention for its innovative approach to reconnect a community with its water resources.  

The nature-based playground, Tidewater Park, is a key element in the Ramble.  Nanticoke means Tidewater People and the park elements are designed to highlight Native American folklore.  We are working with the Nanticoke Tribe to tell engaging stories for children's education and amusement.

The playground concept centers on the health of Laurel’s youth.  Designers worked with the Boys and Girls Club to develop ideas for the playground and selected nature-based play as a research- proven way to enhance creativity and promote healthy movement.  

Tidewater Park will be situated around innovative green infrastructure projects that work to improve water quality in the Broad Creek. Conservation is a primary goal and the plan. Stormwater management elements include reforestation, a constructed wetland, and rain gardens.  


How will this impact your community?

The lot selected for the playground is centrally located in the town.  Currently it is underutilized.  The benefits for the community include the addition of trees and beautiful plants, a place for community congregation, school-based and informal education, socialization, and the health benefits of nature based play.  

About us!

The mission of the Laurel Redevelopment Corporation, a non-profit corporation, is to enhance the quality of life in the Town of Laurel by obtaining, rehabilitating and revitalizing properties which will increase economic development for the Town. - Adopted: September 2005

The LRC, a 501(c) (4) non-profit corporation, is managed as a conservative business enterprise, with community benefits the measurement of success. LRC Directors and Officers are all non-paid volunteer community leaders, except for two independent contractors who function as property manager and financial secretary . They have met regularly since the organization's inception in 1992. The LRC has been a responsible steward to the citizens of Laurel and the State of Delaware. We have always committed our own funds to projects before asking others for financial assistance. The State of Delaware has provided significant economic development funding to the LRC during these past 15 years, allowing the LRC to multiply its $300,000 seed money tenfold. The LRC has no debt. The LRC has never needed to approach any governmental entity for its day-to-day functions. In fact, every year since its founding, operations have been entirely funded internally, and the anticipated $100,000 spun off annually from net rental income will continue to be used as matching funs for future grants and new development projects. The LRC pays all property taxes and related municipal fees, as well as county and school taxes, for every piece of real estate it owns, even those properties that have been designated public parks. In short, LRC pays its own way, and in the process contributes to the financial well-being of every level of government and our schools.


July - October 2016 - finalize construction drawings of entrance pavilion and gather place.

October 2016 - consider contractors for implementation of projects

October 20, 2016 - receive word about NRPA funds

January 2016 - select contractor

April 20, 2017 - complete construction of elements based on funding.