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ALAPOCAS RUN STATE PARK


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

Nature on the Go

Thursday, August 16, 2018

10 a.m.

Umbrella or Sun Hat? Join the naturalists as we explore the topic of weather. Drop in each week to discover more about different weather phenomena. FREE

Add to Calendar 8/16/2018 10:00 8/16/2018 11:30 America/New_York Nature on the Go Umbrella or Sun Hat? Join the naturalists as we explore the topic of weather. Drop in each week to discover more about different weather phenomena. FREE Alapocas Run/Wilmington State Parks

Tai Chi in the Park

Thursday, August 16, 2018

11:30 a.m.

Gene McClone, from Gentle Palm Karate Academy will lead you through the basic movements of Tai Chi. Meet at the Josephine Fountain.

Add to Calendar 8/16/2018 11:30 8/16/2018 12:30 America/New_York Tai Chi in the Park Gene McClone, from Gentle Palm Karate Academy will lead you through the basic movements of Tai Chi. Meet at the Josephine Fountain. Alapocas Run/Wilmington State Parks

Foodie Friday

Friday, August 17, 2018

5 p.m.

$5 - 16 and older. Free - 16 and under. Gate fee waived for the event Foodie Friday returns! A partnership between Alapocas Run State Park, local food trucks, Friends of Wilmington Parks and non-profits bring you a night of music, art, food, beer and wine.

Add to Calendar 8/17/2018 17:00 8/17/2018 20:00 America/New_York Foodie Friday $5 - 16 and older. Free - 16 and under. Gate fee waived for the event Foodie Friday returns! A partnership between Alapocas Run State Park, local food trucks, Friends of Wilmington Parks and non-profits bring you a night of music, art, food, beer and wine. Alapocas Run/Wilmington State Parks

Rockford Tower Opening

Sunday, August 19, 2018

1 p.m.

Enjoy views of the City of Wilmington and the surrounding countryside from the top of Rockford Tower. Note: Tower may close if there is inclement weather.

Add to Calendar America/New_York Rockford Tower Opening Enjoy views of the City of Wilmington and the surrounding countryside from the top of Rockford Tower. Note: Tower may close if there is inclement weather. Alapocas Run/Wilmington State Parks

Nature on the Go

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

10 a.m.

Umbrella or Sun Hat? Join the naturalists as we explore the topic of weather. Drop in each week to discover more about different weather phenomena. Free (with paid park admission at Can-Do)

Add to Calendar 8/21/2018 10:00 8/21/2018 11:30 America/New_York Nature on the Go Umbrella or Sun Hat? Join the naturalists as we explore the topic of weather. Drop in each week to discover more about different weather phenomena. Free (with paid park admission at Can-Do) Alapocas Run/Wilmington State Parks

Introduction to Rock Climbing

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

5:30 p.m.

Discover the basics of outdoor top rope climbing. Get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall, after a brief introduction of equipment, climbing and safety. Helmets, harness and ropes provided. Park staff will instruct, guide, and belay all climbers. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon Tuesday/Friday before the program date. Call (302)577-7020 to register.

Add to Calendar 8/22/2018 17:30 8/22/2018 19:30 America/New_York Introduction to Rock Climbing Discover the basics of outdoor top rope climbing. Get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall, after a brief introduction of equipment, climbing and safety. Helmets, harness and ropes provided. Park staff will instruct, guide, and belay all climbers. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon Tuesday/Friday before the program date. Call (302)577-7020 to register. Alapocas Run/Wilmington State Parks

Yoga in the Park

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

6:30 p.m.

$6 per person, $60 for the series (get one session free!)Walk-ins welcome Alapocas Run State Park invites you to enjoy the beauty of nature and benefits of movement through outdoor yoga. Join Julie Macedo of Well by Nature for a one-hour all-levels vinyasa yoga class For your comfort, please come prepared with a yoga mat or beach towel and water bottle. Call302-577-7020 to register.

Add to Calendar 8/22/2018 18:30 8/22/2018 19:30 America/New_York Yoga in the Park $6 per person, $60 for the series (get one session free!)Walk-ins welcome Alapocas Run State Park invites you to enjoy the beauty of nature and benefits of movement through outdoor yoga. Join Julie Macedo of Well by Nature for a one-hour all-levels vinyasa yoga class For your comfort, please come prepared with a yoga mat or beach towel and water bottle. Call302-577-7020 to register. Alapocas Run/Wilmington State Parks

Nature on the Go

Thursday, August 23, 2018

10 a.m.

Umbrella or Sun Hat? Join the naturalists as we explore the topic of weather. Drop in each week to discover more about different weather phenomena. FREE

Add to Calendar 8/23/2018 10:00 8/23/2018 11:30 America/New_York Nature on the Go Umbrella or Sun Hat? Join the naturalists as we explore the topic of weather. Drop in each week to discover more about different weather phenomena. FREE Alapocas Run/Wilmington State Parks

Tai Chi in the Park

Thursday, August 23, 2018

11:30 a.m.

Gene McClone, from Gentle Palm Karate Academy will lead you through the basic movements of Tai Chi. Meet at the Josephine Fountain.

Add to Calendar 8/23/2018 11:30 8/23/2018 12:30 America/New_York Tai Chi in the Park Gene McClone, from Gentle Palm Karate Academy will lead you through the basic movements of Tai Chi. Meet at the Josephine Fountain. Alapocas Run/Wilmington State Parks

Introduction to Rock Climbing

Saturday, August 25, 2018

9:30 a.m.

Discover the basics of outdoor top rope climbing. Get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall, after a brief introduction of equipment, climbing and safety. Helmets, harness and ropes provided. Park staff will instruct, guide, and belay all climbers. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon Tuesday/Friday before the program date. Call (302)577-7020 to register.

Add to Calendar 8/25/2018 9:30 8/25/2018 11:30 America/New_York Introduction to Rock Climbing Discover the basics of outdoor top rope climbing. Get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall, after a brief introduction of equipment, climbing and safety. Helmets, harness and ropes provided. Park staff will instruct, guide, and belay all climbers. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon Tuesday/Friday before the program date. Call (302)577-7020 to register. Alapocas Run/Wilmington State Parks

Rockford Tower Opening

Sunday, August 26, 2018

1 p.m.

Enjoy views of the City of Wilmington and the surrounding countryside from the top of Rockford Tower. Note: Tower may close if there is inclement weather.

Add to Calendar America/New_York Rockford Tower Opening Enjoy views of the City of Wilmington and the surrounding countryside from the top of Rockford Tower. Note: Tower may close if there is inclement weather. Alapocas Run/Wilmington State Parks

Yoga in the Park

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

6:30 p.m.

$6 per person, $60 for the series (get one session free!)Walk-ins welcome Alapocas Run State Park invites you to enjoy the beauty of nature and benefits of movement through outdoor yoga. Join Julie Macedo of Well by Nature for a one-hour all-levels vinyasa yoga class For your comfort, please come prepared with a yoga mat or beach towel and water bottle. Call302-577-7020 to register.

Add to Calendar 8/29/2018 18:30 8/29/2018 19:30 America/New_York Yoga in the Park $6 per person, $60 for the series (get one session free!)Walk-ins welcome Alapocas Run State Park invites you to enjoy the beauty of nature and benefits of movement through outdoor yoga. Join Julie Macedo of Well by Nature for a one-hour all-levels vinyasa yoga class For your comfort, please come prepared with a yoga mat or beach towel and water bottle. Call302-577-7020 to register. Alapocas Run/Wilmington State Parks