DESCRIPTION: (Wear appropriate clothing & bring water! Below are some special instructions: what to bring, relative difficulties, interesting features, & carpooling directions.)
On 8/21 at 6:30 the City of Newark will rename a trail to honor Jerry Fickes, one of the 3 fallen Wilmington firefighters in the 2016 Canby Park fire. I am planning a short hike to the ceremony and back.
We will meet in the parking lot at 5:00 pm behind the Newark Municipal Bldg on South Main Street (Elkton Rd.) Hike begins and ends with 4 blocks of sidewalk walking and the rest of the trail is in the shade. Wooded trail is uneven, has tree roots, rocks, possible mud, stream crossings and one area of potentially slippery concrete if it is wet that is under a bridge. Appropriate footwear and poles highly encouraged. Bring water and bug repellant. We will hike to the Rittenhouse Park parking lot and arrive for the 6:30 ceremony and after the ceremony return on the same trail. There is a porta potty at Park parking lot and another on the trail a few hundred yards before the parking lot.
NOTE #1: If it rains within 24 hrs of the hike check the forum for an update by Noon on Tuesday.
One area may flood and will need to be checked prior to the hike.
Here’s the official announcement from the City of Newark:
Jerry W. Fickes Trail Dedication
What: The City of Newark and Fickes family will join with elected officials, first responders, neighbors and friends to honor the life of fallen firefighter Jerry Fickes and unveil the official marker for the Jerry W. Fickes trail in Rittenhouse Park. Fickes was a longtime Newark AETNA Hose, Hook and Ladder Company firefighter who died in the line of duty in the fall of 2016, while serving as a member of the Wilmington Fire Department.
When: Tuesday, August 21, at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Rittenhouse Park, 228 W Chestnut Hill Rd, Newark
IMPORTANT PARKING AND WEATHER INFORMATION FOR THIS EVENT: Due to limited parking at Rittenhouse Park, guests are requested to park at the Newark Park & Ride located at the intersection of S. College Avenue and Christina Parkway. Unicity buses will shuttle guests from the Park & Ride lot to Rittenhouse Park. The last shuttle will leave the Park & Ride at 6:15 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be relocated to Aetna Fire Station #7, 7 Thorn Lane, Newark. Please call 302-366-7147 for weather-related updates.
Newark City Municipal Building 220 S Main St Newark, DE
Heading west toward Elkton on DE-2 (South Main St / formerly Elkton Rd), proceed past Apple Rd, turn right at the light at the “Green Turtle” Sports Bar, immediate right into the parking lot of the Municipal Building and bear left to the overflow parking lot.