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Preserve Our Park Coalition Mission Statement

The Mission of the Preserve Our Park Coalition is to ensure that the Warner Grant Trust Lands as approved by the Delaware General Assembly on July 5, 1979 are administered by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control for the benefit of the people of Lewes, Sussex County, and the State of Delaware for the public benefit as areas of public recreation, conservation and/or nature education and are not used for private benefit to the detriment of such public benefit.

POP is committed to working on three fronts:

  • Develop solutions to the park's financial problems, both the operational budget and the capital budget.  Toward this end, POP will continue the constructive dialogue with park officials started Dec. 5.

  • Reaffirm the state's commitment to the Warner Grant, made by William Penn in 1682, by working with local officials and members of the General Assembly.  The Warner Grant was amended in 1979 to promote conservation, provide for outdoor public recreation and advance nature education on the lands encompassed in Cape Henlopen State Park.

  • Monitor construction, proposed commercial development and future planning to see that all projects are consistent with the requirements of the Warner Grant and federal obligations.

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