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Newark Reservoir, Newark

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Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The Newark Reservoir is a reservoir in Newark, Delaware, located just north of downtown. Completed in 2006, it holds 317 million U.S. gallons (1.20×109 L) of water pumped from White Clay Creek, which can supply the city for up to 100 days. The site is a popular recreational area with 1.8 miles (2.9 km) of paved walking trails, including a 1.1-mile (1.8 km) trail around the reservoir perimeter. At the north end there is also access to the adjacent William M. Redd, Jr. Park.
The reservoir was constructed between 2002 and 2005 after a major drought in 1999 made the need for a reserve water supply clear. The city chose a site on the Koelig farm property off Paper Mill Road, and ground was broken there on May 14, 2002. The completed reservoir was ready to be filled by November 2005, and the new facility was formally dedicated on May 24, 2006. The project cost $20 million in total. It was the first new reservoir to be constructed in Delaware since the Hoopes Reservoir in Wilmington, which was completed in 1932.
Aquatic activities are prohibited except during special events, like an annual triathlon that gives competitors the chance to swim in the reservoir. The swimming portion of the 2017 triathlon was canceled due to a cyanobacterial bloom.
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  • This is a very pleasant public area around the reservoir mostly for recreation and walking. There is easy parking, porta-potties, relaxing atmosphere and a lot of interesting nature, mostly birds...  more »
  • Our first visit on an unseasonably warm sunny day in February. Almost every parking space was taken. Portable potties (2) available in excellent condition. Uphill distance was measured by a man with.....  more »
  • Plenty of parking. Nice walking trail. One of the best views in all of Newark.
  • Great place and race venue
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