Sussex County Land Trust and Sussex County, Delaware
Stephen P. Hudson Park Trailhead
Press release by: Sussex County Land Trust
On Tuesday, September 26, 2023, Sussex County Land Trust (SCLT) and Sussex County, Delaware,
partnered to host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the new trailhead at
Stephen P. Hudson Park that connects with the Georgetown to Lewes Trail. This new trailhead consists of
a small rest area and parking lot for public use to support the Trail. The Georgetown to Lewes Trail is a
17-mile bike/pedestrian trail extending between the two towns following a former railway bed,
spearheaded by the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT). SCLT Board Members, the
Sussex County Council, various local and State government officials, community members, and members
of the press were in attendance.
“This trailhead is another important connection to our growing trail system in Sussex County
that will soon be the largest in our state,” said Secretary of Transportation Nicole Majeski. “The
collaborative effort to create Hudson Park and this trailhead will benefit the thousands of Sussex
County residents and guests who utilize and enjoy the trail every day.”
Stephen P. Hudson Park, a 30-acre property, was purchased with several funding sources provided by the
Delaware Open Space Council, Sussex County Council, and the Delaware Division of Parks and acquired
by the SCLT in 2019. Sussex County Council contributed $450,000 toward the purchase of the park.
The County’s contribution is among a series of investments in recent years, often through partnerships
with groups such as the Sussex County Land Trust, to acquire or preserve property of varying sizes for
open space and recreational amenities.
“I think this is going to be an amazing addition to Sussex County, not just the trailhead and the
Georgetown to Lewes Trail itself, but also the playground that a local Rotary group is planning to
build there. It will make it a true park with recreational amenities for people young and older,”
said County Council Vice President John L. Rieley, who sits on the Sussex County Land Trust
board of directors. “We have a great partnership with the Land Trust, and it’s through
collaborative efforts like this that we can truly make an impact and deliver something the
community wants and will use.”
Since 2001, the SCLT has purchased, protected, and managed open space parcels throughout Sussex
County. The SCLT is a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to protecting natural, cultural,
agricultural, and recreational resources through land preservation, stewardship, and education for today
and tomorrow. To learn more about the SCLT or to get involved, visit sclandtrust.org.
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