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ALAPOCAS RUN STATE PARK


Special Notice 1/25/19

The Bancroft Mills pedestrian bridge will be closed for maintenance February 4th to February 8th.

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

Green Willow: Kevin Burke

Thursday, April 25, 2019

7:30 p.m.

Kevin Burke, has been among the most highly regarded traditional Irish fiddlers in the world, not only for his solo career but for his work with legendary bands as well. This will be an intimate, solo performance featuring Kevin performing his favorite tunes - and telling a few stories as well. For more information and tickets, visit greenwillow.org

Add to Calendar 4/25/2019 7:30:00 PM 4/25/2019 9:30:00 PM America/New_York Green Willow: Kevin Burke Kevin Burke, has been among the most highly regarded traditional Irish fiddlers in the world, not only for his solo career but for his work with legendary bands as well. This will be an intimate, solo performance featuring Kevin performing his favorite tunes - and telling a few stories as well. For more information and tickets, visit greenwillow.org Alapocas Run State Park

Art in Science Opening Night

Friday, May 3, 2019

5 p.m.

What do you get when you combine Art in Science with Foodie Friday? A delicious opening reception! 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. Beer and wine will be available for purchase along with tasty bites from local food trucks. Listen to live music while purchasing prints from the exhibit. The entry fee will benefit Friends of Wilmington Parks and Art in Science. $5 per person.

Add to Calendar 5/3/2019 5:00:00 PM 5/3/2019 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Art in Science Opening Night What do you get when you combine Art in Science with Foodie Friday? A delicious opening reception! 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. Beer and wine will be available for purchase along with tasty bites from local food trucks. Listen to live music while purchasing prints from the exhibit. The entry fee will benefit Friends of Wilmington Parks and Art in Science. $5 per person. Alapocas Run State Park

Featured Program: 3rd Annual Art in Science Exhibition

Saturday, May 4, 2019

8 a.m.

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.

Add to Calendar 5/4/2019 8:00:00 AM 6/4/2019 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: 3rd Annual 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. Alapocas Run State Park

Introduction to Rock Climbing

Saturday, May 4, 2019

9:30 a.m.

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 5/4/2019 9:30:00 AM 5/4/2019 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Introduction to 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

Introduction to Rock Climbing

Saturday, May 18, 2019

9:30 a.m.

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 5/18/2019 9:30:00 AM 5/18/2019 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Introduction to 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 25, 2019

9:30 a.m.

Join the naturalists from Alapocas Run and Bellevue State Parks and our partner Delaware Greenways 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 23rd. $5 per person/$15 per family of 4

Add to Calendar 5/25/2019 9:30:00 AM 5/25/2019 1:30:00 PM America/New_York Pedal through the Parks Join the naturalists from Alapocas Run and Bellevue State Parks and our partner Delaware Greenways 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 23rd. $5 per person/$15 per family of 4 Alapocas Run State Park

Nature Rock Climbing Camp

Monday, June 17, 2019

8:30 a.m.

Learn to climb, make some friends and have great nature adventures. Campers will learn the basics of rock climbing while exploring the natural world in Alapocas Run State Park. Climbing equipment is provided.

Add to Calendar 6/17/2019 12:00:00 AM 6/21/2019 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 world in Alapocas Run State Park. Climbing equipment is provided. Alapocas Run State Park

Rock Climbing Adventure Camp

Monday, June 24, 2019

8:30 a.m.

Test your strength, agility and concentration while exploring the world of rock climbing. Campers will enjoy climbing and hiking at Alapocas Run, and will go on a camping adventure. Climbing equipment is provided.

Add to Calendar 6/24/2019 12:00:00 AM 6/28/2019 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 enjoy climbing and hiking at Alapocas Run, and will go on a camping adventure. Climbing equipment is provided. Alapocas Run State Park

Rock and Rappel Climbing Camp

Monday, July 8, 2019

8:30 a.m.

Challenge your mental and physical skills while exploring the world of rock climbing. Campers will discover the basics of top rope climbing, learn belaying and rappelling, and have an adventure. Climbing equipment is provided.

Add to Calendar 7/8/2019 12:00:00 AM 7/12/2019 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, learn belaying and rappelling, and have an adventure. Climbing equipment is provided. Alapocas Run State Park

Rock Climbing Adventure Camp

Monday, July 15, 2019

8:30 a.m.

Test your strength, agility and concentration while exploring the world of rock climbing. Campers will enjoy climbing and hiking at Alapocas Run, and will go on a camping adventure. Climbing equipment is provided.

Add to Calendar 7/15/2019 12:00:00 AM 7/19/2019 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 enjoy climbing and hiking at Alapocas Run, and will go on a camping adventure. Climbing equipment is provided. Alapocas Run State Park

Rock and Rappel Climbing Camp

Monday, July 22, 2019

8:30 a.m.

Challenge your mental and physical skills while exploring the world of rock climbing. Campers will discover the basics of top rope climbing, learn belaying and rappelling, and have an adventure. Climbing equipment is provided.

Add to Calendar 7/22/2019 12:00:00 AM 7/26/2019 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, learn belaying and rappelling, and have an adventure. Climbing equipment is provided. Alapocas Run State Park