Friends of the Delaware Canal Names New Executive Director
New Hope, PA, July 26, 2021 – The Friends of the Delaware Canal today announced that Michael D. Ginder has been appointed executive director of the organization. Susan Taylor has retired after 30 years in that role.
Brett Webber, president of the FODC, said, “The Friends of the Delaware Canal is excited about Michael’s appointment. We look forward to working with him and building on Susan’s many accomplishments.”
“The Canal is such a vital part of our region’s history, and I am fortunate to have the opportunity to join the Friends as the next executive director,” said Ginder. “It will be exciting to work with the passionate individuals who are stewards of the canal, expanding our membership base, and encouraging area residents and visitors to spend time along the Canal.”
Ginder, a New Hope resident, was previously director of Business and Employment Services for the Arc Mercer. He has also served as executive director of the Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge in Medford, NJ, where he was responsible for the strategic planning, financial well-being and fundraising for the organization.
FODC works in partnership with the State of Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Bureau of State Parks and Delaware Canal State Park to undertake restoration projects that rescue significant Canal structures. FODC has restored five of the six historically authentic camelback bridges and is collaborating with the state to ensure an accurate restoration of Spahr’s Bridge in Upper Black Eddy, where work has already begun.
In 2022, FODC will mark the 40th anniversary of its founding in 1982 with plans underway to celebrate in communities along the entire length of the Canal. The Canal, which runs nearly 60 miles from Easton to Bristol, PA, is watched over by volunteer FODC canal tenders who inspect the towpaths, pick up trash, clear branches and report problems throughout the year.
The FODC mission is to sustain a unique link to the country’s national heritage, protect beautiful and diverse natural areas, provide recreational and educational opportunities and enable the Canal to serve as a community and economic asset.
The Friends of the Delaware Canal is an independent, nonprofit organization working to restore, protect and improve the Delaware Canal and its surroundings. It holds annual clean-up days, sponsors educational programs, walks, kayak and canoe tours, bike rides and special events, all designed to build greater awareness of the Canal’s important history and its role today as a recreational resource. FODC headquarters and an interpretive center are located in the Locktender’s House, 145 South Main Street, New Hope, PA. Year-round hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. May 1 through October 31, the Locktender’s House is open Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.to 5 p.m. Email us at friends@FODC.org or call us at 215-862-2021.