FOULK MANOR LINKS TO THE BRANDYWINE LIBRARY
“The residents are thrilled”, exclaimed Virginia Gray, Executive Director of Foulk Manor North. “They feel so much safer and we wish to thank the Special Services Department of New Castle County in general and Councilman Bob Weiner in particular for their efforts in making this ramp a reality.”
Ms. Gray was referring to the recently completed concrete ramp and railing that links the retirement home to the beautiful library and Talley Day Park next door.
The ribbon cutting ceremony was Wednesday October 26, “but many of the residents had taken advantage of the ramp before that time”, says Kathleen McCall, Community Relations Director of Foulk Manor. “Heretofore, our residents and their family members were forced to walk all the way around to take advantage of these resources or be transported. Now they gain even more independence. Mr. Weiner has served his community well.”
Studs were designed in the secured railings to preclude the prospect of skate boarders employing the curved ramp for takeoffs and landings.
At the ceremony were Councilman Weiner, who spearheaded the project, Nello Paoli, Executive Assistant for County Executive Chris Coons, Jim Boyle, Policy Director for NCC, Tom Weaver, Library Director and several thankful residents of Foulk Manor.
Weiner spoke to the officials and guests. “The safety of our citizens is of paramount importance to me and the county and corresponds with my intense desire to serve my constituents. The ramp is one more piece in making New Castle County more walkable, creating healthy lifestyles, attacking obesity and village building."
The ramp connects residents not only to the library but also the pathways around our beautiful new Park and another project I spearheaded for our residents, the Bark Park.”
Tom Weaver, Library Director, commented that the Brandywine Library, a community resource the day it opened, now has surpassed every statewide library, including downtown Wilmington, in the number of books let out.
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