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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

Shakespeare in the Park: Measure for Measure

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

7:30 PM

What happens when corruption reaches the highest level of court? Explore the price of principle, and witness what happens when the law is bent by those who serve to uphold it. Join us for Shakespeare’s timeless tale of deception, virtue, and honor, and decide for yourself whether justice is served. FREE Rain Location: Bellevue State Park, Figure 8 Barn.

Add to Calendar 9/4/2019 7:30:00 PM 9/4/2019 9:30:00 PM America/New_York Shakespeare in the Park: Measure for Measure What happens when corruption reaches the highest level of court? Explore the price of principle, and witness what happens when the law is bent by those who serve to uphold it. Join us for Shakespeare’s timeless tale of deception, virtue, and honor, and decide for yourself whether justice is served. FREE Rain Location: Bellevue State Park, Figure 8 Barn. Alapocas Run State Park

Intro to Rock Climbing

Saturday, September 7, 2019

9:30 AM

Join our climbing team for some top rope rock climbing. After a brief introduction about equipment and safety, you will get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall. Harness, helmet, ropes, and belayers provided. Pre-registration and payment required by noon, the Friday before the program. (302)577-1164 $25 per person, ages 8 and above

Add to Calendar 9/7/2019 9:30:00 AM 9/7/2019 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Intro to Rock Climbing Join our climbing team for some top rope rock climbing. After a brief introduction about equipment and safety, you will get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall. Harness, helmet, ropes, and belayers provided. Pre-registration and payment required by noon, the Friday before the program. (302)577-1164 $25 per person, ages 8 and above Alapocas Run State Park

Green Willow Concert: Genticorum

Thursday, September 19, 2019

7:30 PM

$26 Adult Admission Over the past 18 years the traditional Quebec group Genticorum has become a fixture on the international world, traditional, folk and Celtic music circuit. The band’s six albums met with critical acclaim in Canada, the United States and Europe, assuring the band a brilliant future. Known for its energy and its stage presence, Genticorum has given more than 1000 concerts in more than 15 countries. Firmly rooted in the soil of their native land, the energetic and original traditional ‘power trio’ also incorporates the dynamism of today’s North American and European folk cultures in their music. They weave precise and intricate fiddle, flute and accordion work, gorgeous vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion and guitar accompaniment into a big and jubilant musical feast. Their distinctive sound, sense of humour and stage presence makes them a supreme crowd-pleaser.www.greenwillow.org

Add to Calendar 9/19/2019 7:30:00 PM 9/19/2019 9:00:00 PM America/New_York Green Willow Concert: Genticorum $26 Adult Admission Over the past 18 years the traditional Quebec group Genticorum has become a fixture on the international world, traditional, folk and Celtic music circuit. The band’s six albums met with critical acclaim in Canada, the United States and Europe, assuring the band a brilliant future. Known for its energy and its stage presence, Genticorum has given more than 1000 concerts in more than 15 countries. Firmly rooted in the soil of their native land, the energetic and original traditional ‘power trio’ also incorporates the dynamism of today’s North American and European folk cultures in their music. They weave precise and intricate fiddle, flute and accordion work, gorgeous vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion and guitar accompaniment into a big and jubilant musical feast. Their distinctive sound, sense of humour and stage presence makes them a supreme crowd-pleaser.www.greenwillow.org Alapocas Run State Park

Intro to Rock Climbing

Saturday, September 21, 2019

11:00 AM

Join our climbing team for some top rope rock climbing. After a brief introduction about equipment and safety, you will get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall. Harness, helmet, ropes, and belayers provided. Pre-registration and payment required by noon, the Friday before the program. (302)577-1164. $25 per person, ages 8 and above

Add to Calendar 9/21/2019 11:00:00 AM 9/21/2019 1:00:00 PM America/New_York Intro to Rock Climbing Join our climbing team for some top rope rock climbing. After a brief introduction about equipment and safety, you will get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall. Harness, helmet, ropes, and belayers provided. Pre-registration and payment required by noon, the Friday before the program. (302)577-1164. $25 per person, ages 8 and above Alapocas Run State Park

Atlantis Rugby Tournament

Sunday, September 29, 2019

8:00 AM

Outside group event - contact event coordinators for information

Add to Calendar 9/29/2019 8:00:00 AM 9/29/2019 5:00:00 PM America/New_York Atlantis Rugby Tournament Outside group event - contact event coordinators for information Alapocas Run State Park

Atlantis Rugby Tournament

Sunday, September 29, 2019

8:00 AM

Contact organizer

Add to Calendar 9/29/2019 8:00:00 AM 9/29/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Atlantis Rugby Tournament Contact organizer Alapocas Run State Park

Intro to Rock Climbing

Saturday, October 5, 2019

9:30 AM

Join our climbing team for some top rope rock climbing. After a brief introduction about equipment and safety, you will get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall. Harness, helmet, ropes, and belayers provided. Pre-registration and payment required by noon, the Friday before the program. (302)577-1164 $25 per person, ages 8 and above

Add to Calendar 10/5/2019 9:30:00 AM 10/5/2019 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Intro to Rock Climbing Join our climbing team for some top rope rock climbing. After a brief introduction about equipment and safety, you will get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall. Harness, helmet, ropes, and belayers provided. Pre-registration and payment required by noon, the Friday before the program. (302)577-1164 $25 per person, ages 8 and above Alapocas Run State Park

Brew Story

Saturday, October 5, 2019

5:00 PM

The Friends of Wilmington Parks hosts the Delaware: A Brew Story. Local historian John Medkeff will present a history of Delaware brewing, followed by a craft beverage sampling. Proceeds from ticket sales and raffles will benefit the "Restore the King" initiative and Wilmington State Park's School Programs Scholarship Fund. To purchase tickets: https://brew_story_2019.eventbrite.com

Add to Calendar 10/5/2019 5:00:00 PM 10/5/2019 9:00:00 PM America/New_York Brew Story The Friends of Wilmington Parks hosts the Delaware: A Brew Story. Local historian John Medkeff will present a history of Delaware brewing, followed by a craft beverage sampling. Proceeds from ticket sales and raffles will benefit the "Restore the King" initiative and Wilmington State Park's School Programs Scholarship Fund. To purchase tickets: https://brew_story_2019.eventbrite.com Alapocas Run State Park

Twilight Hike

Saturday, October 12, 2019

6:30 PM

Join us on this family friendly hike as we tread carefully into the twilight. Discover the story behind things that go bump in the night. Pre-register by Wednesday, October 10th at 302.577.1164 FREE

Add to Calendar 10/12/2019 6:30:00 PM 10/12/2019 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Twilight Hike Join us on this family friendly hike as we tread carefully into the twilight. Discover the story behind things that go bump in the night. Pre-register by Wednesday, October 10th at 302.577.1164 FREE Alapocas Run State Park

Intro to Rock Climbing

Saturday, October 19, 2019

9:30 AM

Join our climbing team for some top rope rock climbing. After a brief introduction about equipment and safety, you will get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall. Harness, helmet, ropes, and belayers provided. Pre-registration and payment required by noon, the Friday before the program. (302)577-1164 $25 per person, ages 8 and above

Add to Calendar 10/19/2019 9:30:00 AM 10/19/2019 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Intro to Rock Climbing Join our climbing team for some top rope rock climbing. After a brief introduction about equipment and safety, you will get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall. Harness, helmet, ropes, and belayers provided. Pre-registration and payment required by noon, the Friday before the program. (302)577-1164 $25 per person, ages 8 and above 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