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Alapocas Run State Park


Special Notice 8/22/19

The Bancroft Pedestrian Bridge will be closed to Alapocas Run State Park for the last stage of the platform painting on Tuesday, August 27 and Wednesday, August 28.

Park History

The land that became Alapocas Run State Park was donated to the city of Wilmington in the early 1900s by local industrialist William Bancroft. It eventually came to include the Blue Ball Barn, built in 1914 by Bancroft's neighbor, Alfred I. DuPont, who named the barn after an inn and meeting house that was once located near the property. Alapocas Run became a state park in 2002.

Blue Ball Barn

This extraordinary barn, progressive in its environmental design, is the current home of the Delaware Folk Art Collection. Renovations have created a multifunctional conference, special event and gallery space for events, weddings and conferences, featuring meeting rooms, a large banquet room and a secluded courtyard. The Blue Ball Barn was the first public building in Delaware to become a LEED-certified building, meaning it meets stringent environmentally-friendly building design standards.

Learn more about the Blue Ball Barn, including how to host your event here.

The Delaware Folk Art Collection

The collection currently contains over 120 works from 50 artists and reflects the local cultures of Delaware. Visitors are able to tour the exhibit and use the interactive touchscreens to learn about the collection and its artists. The Blue Ball Barn is a Frommer's recommended attraction.

Can-Do Playground

can do playground

The 27,000 square foot Can-Do Playground, is the first Boundless Playground™ in Delaware. Designed to be accessible to every child, regardless of physical, mental and sensory abilities, the playground was made possible with the help of six Wilmington-area Rotary Clubs. For more information about boundless playgrounds, visit the Can-Do Playground website.

Athletic Fields

Is your club, league, or group looking for a well-maintained area for games or other activities? Three versatile fields in the East Park section of Alapocas Run State Park offer a variety of opportunities for organized sports.

Sports Accommodated:

Fields 1 and 2: Soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, flag football, Ultimate Frisbee®, kickball

Field 3: Field hockey, flag football, Ultimate Frisbee®, rugby, youth soccer, youth lacrosse

The athletic field permit application available under Maps + Downloads on this page contains field reservation information and rates.

Rock Climbing and Rappelling

Alapocas Run State Park offers top-rope climbing and rappelling. In top roping, the rope is run from the climber through an anchor at the top of the climb, then back down to attach to the belayer. The belayer is able to stop a falling climber immediately, which makes top-rope climbing one of the safest forms of climbing. Rappelling is a controlled descent on a rope from an anchor on the top of a rock or cliff face. Like top-rope climbing, rappelling requires a mechanical device that can lock the rope, preventing an uncontrolled descent. The park offers climbing programs and camps.

More info can be found on our Rock Climbing page

A climbing permit is required to use the park’s rock wall; the application is available on this page under Maps + Downloads.

Upcoming Events

Onion/Potato Basket Class

Saturday, February 1, 2020

9:00 AM

Learn traditional weaving techniques with master basket weaver Joan Betzold. This basket was created to give potatoes and onions a safe, dry and ventilated place to be stored. Pre-registration and payment required by noon, January 29, $40 per person

Add to Calendar 2/1/2020 9:00:00 AM 2/1/2020 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Onion/Potato Basket Class Learn traditional weaving techniques with master basket weaver Joan Betzold. This basket was created to give potatoes and onions a safe, dry and ventilated place to be stored. Pre-registration and payment required by noon, January 29, $40 per person Alapocas Run State Park

Winter Tavern Tales

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

12:00 AM

Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery, Laura Lee, Friends of Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetary. Join Laura Lee as she shares the storied history of the site. The cemetery is considered one of the first in the nation to model the Victorian garden-type burial grounds. Free. Blue Ball Barn

Add to Calendar 2/12/2020 12:00:00 AM 2/12/2020 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Winter Tavern Tales Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery, Laura Lee, Friends of Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetary. Join Laura Lee as she shares the storied history of the site. The cemetery is considered one of the first in the nation to model the Victorian garden-type burial grounds. Free. Blue Ball Barn Alapocas Run State Park

Tracks and Snacks

Monday, February 17, 2020

10:00 AM

Become a wildlife detective and discover what lives in your neighborhood. Join us for a short hike, followed by a story and snacks. Meet at the Blue Ball Barn.

Add to Calendar 2/17/2020 10:00:00 AM 2/17/2020 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Tracks and Snacks Become a wildlife detective and discover what lives in your neighborhood. Join us for a short hike, followed by a story and snacks. Meet at the Blue Ball Barn. Alapocas Run State Park

HighTime Trio Concert

Thursday, February 20, 2020

7:30 PM

HighTime are an accomplished trio from the heart of Connemara on the West Coast of Ireland. Combining Irish music with an intriguing blend of modern folk influences, they produce a rich unique sound and an electric energy onstage. This coupled with intricate three-part vocal harmonies and displays of exceptional, rhythmic step dance, have left audiences worldwide awestruck by their performances. To purchase tickets: www.greenwillow.org

Add to Calendar 2/20/2020 7:30:00 PM 2/20/2020 9:00:00 PM America/New_York HighTime Trio Concert HighTime are an accomplished trio from the heart of Connemara on the West Coast of Ireland. Combining Irish music with an intriguing blend of modern folk influences, they produce a rich unique sound and an electric energy onstage. This coupled with intricate three-part vocal harmonies and displays of exceptional, rhythmic step dance, have left audiences worldwide awestruck by their performances. To purchase tickets: www.greenwillow.org Alapocas Run State Park

2019 Young Brandywine Artist Exhibition

Thursday, March 5, 2020

5:00 PM

Opening Night

Add to Calendar 3/5/2020 5:00:00 PM 3/5/2020 7:30:00 PM America/New_York 2019 Young Brandywine Artist Exhibition Opening Night Alapocas Run State Park

2019 Young Brandywine Artist Exhibition

Friday, March 6, 2020

8:00 AM

Elementary School- The Young Brandywine Artists Exhibition features outstanding artwork created by students in all schools withing the Brandywine District. March 6-15.

Add to Calendar 3/6/2020 8:00:00 AM 3/5/2020 4:00:00 PM America/New_York 2019 Young Brandywine Artist Exhibition Elementary School- The Young Brandywine Artists Exhibition features outstanding artwork created by students in all schools withing the Brandywine District. March 6-15. Alapocas Run State Park

2019 Young Brandywine Artist Exhibition

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

6:00 PM

Opening Night

Add to Calendar 3/18/2020 6:00:00 PM 3/18/2020 8:00:00 PM America/New_York 2019 Young Brandywine Artist Exhibition Opening Night Alapocas Run State Park

2019 Young Brandywine Artist Exhibition

Thursday, March 19, 2020

8:00 AM

Secondary- The Young Brandywine Artists Exhibition features outstanding artwork created by students in all schools withing the Brandywine District. March 19-29.

Add to Calendar 3/19/2020 8:00:00 AM 3/19/2020 4:00:00 PM America/New_York 2019 Young Brandywine Artist Exhibition Secondary- The Young Brandywine Artists Exhibition features outstanding artwork created by students in all schools withing the Brandywine District. March 19-29. Alapocas Run State Park

Maire Ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman Concert

Thursday, March 26, 2020

7:30 PM

The celebrated virtuoso partnership of Chris and Máire is a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, coupled with striking new compositions and Chris’s delightfully subversive wit.

Add to Calendar 3/26/2020 7:30:00 PM 3/26/2020 10:00:00 PM America/New_York Maire Ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman Concert The celebrated virtuoso partnership of Chris and Máire is a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, coupled with striking new compositions and Chris’s delightfully subversive wit. Alapocas Run State Park

Pacem in Terris: Youth Peac Art Exhibition

Thursday, April 2, 2020

8:00 AM

Pacem in Terris is a grassroots, non-partisan, interfaith, member-supported non-profit organization that brings together people of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and professions for the purpose of positive peaceful change on the local, national and global level. The Youth Peace Art Exhibition is where the art and words of young people can help us all see the world anew. “It is an opportunity for all of us to learn from our younger citizens what the world should be like.” April 2-30

Add to Calendar 4/2/2020 8:00:00 AM 4/2/2020 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Pacem in Terris: Youth Peac Art Exhibition Pacem in Terris is a grassroots, non-partisan, interfaith, member-supported non-profit organization that brings together people of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and professions for the purpose of positive peaceful change on the local, national and global level. The Youth Peace Art Exhibition is where the art and words of young people can help us all see the world anew. “It is an opportunity for all of us to learn from our younger citizens what the world should be like.” April 2-30 Alapocas Run State Park

Building Memories: Earth Day

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

10:00 AM

Join us as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. We will have a story time in our newly installed Storybook Trail (10-10:30). Afterwards, help create eco-bricks for shed we are building at the playground. An ecobrick is a plastic bottle packed with clean used plastic to create a building brick.

Add to Calendar 4/22/2020 10:00:00 AM 4/22/2020 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Building Memories: Earth Day Join us as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. We will have a story time in our newly installed Storybook Trail (10-10:30). Afterwards, help create eco-bricks for shed we are building at the playground. An ecobrick is a plastic bottle packed with clean used plastic to create a building brick. Alapocas Run State Park

Tannahill Weavers

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

7:30 PM

The Tannahill Weavers have made an international name for their special brand of Celtic music, blending the beauty of traditional melodies with the power of modern rhythms. As they celebrate their 50th anniversary, they are firmly established as one of the premier groups on the concert stage.

Add to Calendar 4/28/2020 7:30:00 PM 4/28/2020 10:00:00 PM America/New_York Tannahill Weavers The Tannahill Weavers have made an international name for their special brand of Celtic music, blending the beauty of traditional melodies with the power of modern rhythms. As they celebrate their 50th anniversary, they are firmly established as one of the premier groups on the concert stage. Alapocas Run State Park

Art in Science Exhibition

Friday, May 1, 2020

8:00 AM

The Art in Science exhibit educates visitors on the cutting-edge research taking place at University of Delaware and its potential impact on local, national, and international communities. The art displayed is created by UD researchers, graduate students, and undergraduates, and is representative of the research at UD and the creativity behind it. Proceeds of print sales support Art in Science’s goal to promote community outreach, education, and inclusion. May 1- June 1

Add to Calendar 5/1/2020 8:00:00 AM 5/1/2020 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Art in Science Exhibition The Art in Science exhibit educates visitors on the cutting-edge research taking place at University of Delaware and its potential impact on local, national, and international communities. The art displayed is created by UD researchers, graduate students, and undergraduates, and is representative of the research at UD and the creativity behind it. Proceeds of print sales support Art in Science’s goal to promote community outreach, education, and inclusion. May 1- June 1 Alapocas Run State Park

Foodie Friday

Friday, May 1, 2020

5:00 PM

Listen to live music while viewing the UD Art in Science Exhibition. Beer and wine will be available for purchase along with tasty bites from local food trucks. This entry fee for this family friendly event is $5 per person, children under 12 free. The entry fee will benefit our partner, Friends of Wilmington Parks.

Add to Calendar 5/1/2020 5:00:00 PM 5/1/2020 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Foodie Friday Listen to live music while viewing the UD Art in Science Exhibition. Beer and wine will be available for purchase along with tasty bites from local food trucks. This entry fee for this family friendly event is $5 per person, children under 12 free. The entry fee will benefit our partner, Friends of Wilmington Parks. Alapocas Run State Park

Introduction to Outdoor Rock Climbing

Saturday, May 16, 2020

9:30 AM

Ages 8 and up. After a brief introduction to equipment, climbing and safety, get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall. Park staff will instruct, guide and belay all climbers. Children under 18 must be accompanied by parent. Please note that it is a 10 minute walk from the parking lot with hills. Pre-registration and payment required by noon on the Friday prior to the program date. $25 per person

Add to Calendar 5/16/2020 9:30:00 AM 5/16/2020 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Introduction to Outdoor Rock Climbing Ages 8 and up. After a brief introduction to equipment, climbing and safety, get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall. Park staff will instruct, guide and belay all climbers. Children under 18 must be accompanied by parent. Please note that it is a 10 minute walk from the parking lot with hills. Pre-registration and payment required by noon on the Friday prior to the program date. $25 per person Alapocas Run State Park

Pedal Through the Parks

Saturday, May 23, 2020

9:30 AM

Join the naturalists from Alapocas Run and Bellevue State Parks for a leisurely bike ride from the Blue Ball Barn, Alapocas Run State Park to Bellevue State Park using the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail. The ride will start and end at the Blue Ball Barn. Participants must bring their own bike, helmet and lunch. Pre-registration and payment required by noon, May 20th. $5 per person/$15 per family of 4

Add to Calendar 5/23/2020 9:30:00 AM 5/23/2020 1:30:00 PM America/New_York Pedal Through the Parks Join the naturalists from Alapocas Run and Bellevue State Parks for a leisurely bike ride from the Blue Ball Barn, Alapocas Run State Park to Bellevue State Park using the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail. The ride will start and end at the Blue Ball Barn. Participants must bring their own bike, helmet and lunch. Pre-registration and payment required by noon, May 20th. $5 per person/$15 per family of 4 Alapocas Run State Park

Introduction to Outdoor Rock Climbing

Saturday, May 30, 2020

9:30 AM

Ages 8 and up. After a brief introduction to equipment, climbing and safety, get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall. Park staff will instruct, guide and belay all climbers. Children under 18 must be accompanied by parent. Please note that it is a 10 minute walk from the parking lot with hills. Pre-registration and payment required by noon on the Friday prior to the program date. $25 per person

Add to Calendar 5/30/2020 9:30:00 AM 5/30/2020 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Introduction to Outdoor Rock Climbing Ages 8 and up. After a brief introduction to equipment, climbing and safety, get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall. Park staff will instruct, guide and belay all climbers. Children under 18 must be accompanied by parent. Please note that it is a 10 minute walk from the parking lot with hills. Pre-registration and payment required by noon on the Friday prior to the program date. $25 per person Alapocas Run State Park

Nature Rock Climbing Camp

Monday, June 15, 2020

12:00 AM

Learn to climb, make some friends and have great nature adventures. Campers will learn the basics of rock climbing while exploring the natural word in Alapocas Run State Park. Climbing equipment is provided. After care is available 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., $35 for the week or $10 per day.

Add to Calendar 6/15/2020 12:00:00 AM 6/19/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Nature Rock Climbing Camp Learn to climb, make some friends and have great nature adventures. Campers will learn the basics of rock climbing while exploring the natural word in Alapocas Run State Park. Climbing equipment is provided. After care is available 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., $35 for the week or $10 per day. Alapocas Run State Park

Rock Climbing Adventure Camp

Monday, June 22, 2020

12:00 AM

Test your strength, agility and concentration while exploring the world of rock climbing. Campers will learn the basics, climb and hike at Alapocas Run State Park, and canoe on a pond. Climbing equipment is provided. After care is available 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., $35 for the week or $10 per day.

Add to Calendar 6/22/2020 12:00:00 AM 6/26/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Rock Climbing Adventure Camp Test your strength, agility and concentration while exploring the world of rock climbing. Campers will learn the basics, climb and hike at Alapocas Run State Park, and canoe on a pond. Climbing equipment is provided. After care is available 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., $35 for the week or $10 per day. Alapocas Run State Park

Nature Rock Climbing Camp

Monday, June 29, 2020

12:00 AM

Learn to climb, make some friends and have great nature adventures. Campers will learn the basics of rock climbing while exploring the natural word in Alapocas Run State Park. Climbing equipment is provided. After care is available 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., $35 for the week or $10 per day.

Add to Calendar 6/29/2020 12:00:00 AM 7/3/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Nature Rock Climbing Camp Learn to climb, make some friends and have great nature adventures. Campers will learn the basics of rock climbing while exploring the natural word in Alapocas Run State Park. Climbing equipment is provided. After care is available 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., $35 for the week or $10 per day. Alapocas Run State Park

Rock Climbing Adventure Camp

Monday, July 6, 2020

12:00 AM

Test your strength, agility and concentration while exploring the world of rock climbing. Campers will learn the basics, climb and hike at Alapocas Run State Park, and canoe on a pond. Climbing equipment is provided. After care is available 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., $35 for the week or $10 per day.

Add to Calendar 7/6/2020 12:00:00 AM 7/10/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Rock Climbing Adventure Camp Test your strength, agility and concentration while exploring the world of rock climbing. Campers will learn the basics, climb and hike at Alapocas Run State Park, and canoe on a pond. Climbing equipment is provided. After care is available 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., $35 for the week or $10 per day. Alapocas Run State Park

Rock and Rappel Climbing Camp

Monday, July 13, 2020

12:00 AM

Challenge your mental and physical skills while exploring the world of rock climbing. Campers will discover the basics of top rope climbing, belaying and rappelling while having an adventure. Climbing equipment is provided. After care is available 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., $35 for the week or $10 per day.

Add to Calendar 7/13/2020 12:00:00 AM 7/17/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Rock and Rappel Climbing Camp Challenge your mental and physical skills while exploring the world of rock climbing. Campers will discover the basics of top rope climbing, belaying and rappelling while having an adventure. Climbing equipment is provided. After care is available 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., $35 for the week or $10 per day. Alapocas Run State Park