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AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 204, VOLUME 17, LAWS OF DELAWARE, PROVIDING FOR PUBLIC PARKS BY ENLARGING THE POWERS OF THE BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS SO AS TO AUTHORIZE THE ACQUISITION, MAINTENANCE, OPERATION AND SUPERVISION OF RECREATIONAL FACILITIES ON PARK LANDS OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF WILMINGTON.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware (two-thirds of all Members of each House of the General Assembly concurring herein):

Section 1. That Section 3 of Chapter 204, Volume 17, Laws of Delaware, providing for Public Parks in the City of Wilmington be and the same is hereby amended to read as follows:

Section 3. That said Commissioners shall have the care, management and supervision of all lands laid out and used as public parks, and they shall have all power and authority to adopt and execute all necessary plans for the maintenance and improvement thereof, and to supervise the expenditure of all moneys which may be given or appropriated for laying out, improving and adorning the same; and, in addition, said Commissioners are empowered and authorized to acquire, maintain, operate and supervise all kinds of recreational facilities on Park Lands of The Mayor and Council of Wilmington, including, but in no way limiting their power, the maintenance of baseball fields, football fields, tennis courts, golf courses, skating rinks, and swimming pools, and in connection therewith to erect and maintain buildings necessary thereto and therefor and to install and maintain roads and bridges across such lands. And the City Council of Wilmington may confer upon the said board, and the board may accept the care and management, from time to time, of any other grounds now appropriated or hereafter to be appropriated for park purposes for the use of the said city. But the said board shall not contract any debts the total amount whereof shall be in excess of its annual income or receipts, or which shall not be paid out of the annual appropriation made for its use by the City Council of Wilmington. All land and property which shall be held, laid out, and used for maintaining any public park, or which shall be purchased or acquired for such use or purpose, shall be forever free from state, county and city taxation so long as used for such purpose. No county road, street, railway, sewer, water or gas pipes, telegraph or telephone wires, shall be laid out, opened, extended over, under, above or through any park under the control and care of the said Board of Park Commissioners without their approval and consent.

Approved April 19, 1960.