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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.

Featured Program: Bats at the Tower

Climb to the top of the tower, enjoy the full moon and learn more about Delaware’s bats. Free Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 6:30 PM

Add to Calendar 10/23/2019 6:30:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Bats at the Tower Climb to the top of the tower, enjoy the full moon and learn more about Delaware’s bats. Free Alapocas Run State Park


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

Intro to Rock Climbing -FULL

Saturday, October 19, 2019

9:30 AM

This program is no longer available, but we've got lots of other great programs -- check them out!

Add to Calendar 10/19/2019 9:30:00 AM 10/19/2019 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Intro to Rock Climbing -FULL This program is no longer available, but we've got lots of other great programs -- check them out! Alapocas Run State Park

Featured Program: Bats at the Tower

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

6:30 PM

Climb to the top of the tower, enjoy the full moon and learn more about Delaware’s bats. Free

Add to Calendar 10/23/2019 6:30:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Bats at the Tower Climb to the top of the tower, enjoy the full moon and learn more about Delaware’s bats. Free Alapocas Run State Park

Featured Program: A Night at the Tower

Saturday, November 16, 2019

6:00 PM

Rockford Tower At this drop-in program, learn more about stargazing with park naturalists. Climb to the top of the tower to see the night sky and the city of Wilmington

Add to Calendar 11/16/2019 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: A Night at the Tower Rockford Tower At this drop-in program, learn more about stargazing with park naturalists. Climb to the top of the tower to see the night sky and the city of Wilmington Alapocas Run State Park

Featured Program: A Night at the Tower

Saturday, November 16, 2019

6:00 PM

Rockford Tower At this drop-in program, learn more about stargazing with park natrualists. Climb to the top of the tower to see the night sky and the city of Wilmington

Add to Calendar 11/16/2019 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: A Night at the Tower Rockford Tower At this drop-in program, learn more about stargazing with park natrualists. Climb to the top of the tower to see the night sky and the city of Wilmington Alapocas Run State Park

Holiday Basket Weaving

Saturday, November 23, 2019

10:00 AM

$35 per person Learn traditional weaving techniques with master basket weaver Joan Betzold. The Holiday Basket is a wonderful basket to hang on a door with greenery or on a door knob. Students will learn how to make a 3-dimensional tree. Basket materials are provided and an additional supply list will be sent upon registration. Pre-registration and payment required by noon, November 20th. This class is limited to 15 participants. Call (302) 577-1164 to register.

Add to Calendar 11/23/2019 10:00:00 AM 11/23/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Holiday Basket Weaving $35 per person Learn traditional weaving techniques with master basket weaver Joan Betzold. The Holiday Basket is a wonderful basket to hang on a door with greenery or on a door knob. Students will learn how to make a 3-dimensional tree. Basket materials are provided and an additional supply list will be sent upon registration. Pre-registration and payment required by noon, November 20th. This class is limited to 15 participants. Call (302) 577-1164 to register. Alapocas Run State Park