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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

First Day Hike

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

10:00 AM

Bring on the New Year with a two hour recreational hike. Pre-registration required by noon, December 30. In the case of inclement weather, call on January 1 for cancellation information. Meet at the Blue Ball Barn.

Add to Calendar 1/1/2020 10:00:00 AM 1/1/2020 12:00:00 PM America/New_York First Day Hike Bring on the New Year with a two hour recreational hike. Pre-registration required by noon, December 30. In the case of inclement weather, call on January 1 for cancellation information. Meet at the Blue Ball Barn. Alapocas Run State Park

Winter Tavern Tales

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

6:30 PM

Weldin at War with Jake Miller, Fort Delaware State Park. Join Jake Miller as he dives into the rich history of Fort Delaware and its connection to the Blue Ball Barn and the Weldin Farm. Free. Blue Ball Barn

Add to Calendar 1/15/2020 6:30:00 PM 1/15/2020 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Winter Tavern Tales Weldin at War with Jake Miller, Fort Delaware State Park. Join Jake Miller as he dives into the rich history of Fort Delaware and its connection to the Blue Ball Barn and the Weldin Farm. Free. Blue Ball Barn Alapocas Run State Park

Folk Art Friday

Friday, January 24, 2020

6:00 PM

The Folk Art Collection at the Blue Ball Barn was established in the early 1990s to raise awareness for Delaware’s diverse local culture. Join us for a night of mocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and art observation as we explore our folk art collection. Come check out some of the Barn’s newest additions and learn what makes our Delaware folk art so unique. Ages 10 and up. Limit 30. Pre-registration required

Add to Calendar 1/24/2020 6:00:00 PM 1/24/2020 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Folk Art Friday The Folk Art Collection at the Blue Ball Barn was established in the early 1990s to raise awareness for Delaware’s diverse local culture. Join us for a night of mocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and art observation as we explore our folk art collection. Come check out some of the Barn’s newest additions and learn what makes our Delaware folk art so unique. Ages 10 and up. Limit 30. Pre-registration required Alapocas Run State Park

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