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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.

Featured Program: Foodie Friday

Featured Program: Foodie Friday

Enjoy a night of music, art, food, beer and wine at the Blue Ball Barn. No park entry fee. $5 per adult, 16 and under free Friday, October 19, 2018 at 5-8 p.m.

Add to Calendar 10/19/2018 5:00:00 PM 10/19/2018 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Foodie Friday Enjoy a night of music, art, food, beer and wine at the Blue Ball Barn. No park entry fee. $5 per adult, 16 and under free Alapocas 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

Saturday, October 20, 2018

9:30 a.m.

$25 per person 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. ***Please Note that the Bancroft Mills parking lot is closed, participants can park at the Blue Ball Barn (30 min. walk) or Brandywine Park (20 min. walk). Instructions for parking will be sent with your confirmation. ***Pre-registration and payment required by noon, the Friday before the program. (302)577-7020.

Add to Calendar 10/20/2018 9:30:00 AM 10/20/2018 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Intro to Rock Climbing $25 per person 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. ***Please Note that the Bancroft Mills parking lot is closed, participants can park at the Blue Ball Barn (30 min. walk) or Brandywine Park (20 min. walk). Instructions for parking will be sent with your confirmation. ***Pre-registration and payment required by noon, the Friday before the program. (302)577-7020. Alapocas Run/Wilmington State Parks

Rockford Tower Open

Sunday, October 21, 2018

1 p.m.

The Rockford Tower opens to the public on Sunday afternoons. Climb to the top of this historic tower and glimpse a beautiful view of Wilmington. Note: Tower may close if there is inclement weather.

Add to Calendar 10/21/2018 1:00:00 PM 10/21/2018 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Rockford Tower Open The Rockford Tower opens to the public on Sunday afternoons. Climb to the top of this historic tower and glimpse a beautiful view of Wilmington. Note: Tower may close if there is inclement weather. Alapocas Run/Wilmington State Parks

Bats at the Tower

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

7:30 p.m.

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

Add to Calendar 10/24/2018 7:30:00 PM 10/24/2018 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Bats at the Tower Climb to the top of the tower, enjoy thefull moon and learn more about Delaware’s bats. FREE Alapocas Run/Wilmington State Parks

Opening Night: Joy and Innocence: Photos of Toys at Play

Friday, November 2, 2018

5 p.m.

Join us for a peek into the world of stuffed animals as they frolic though the world of a childish imagination. Internationally published local photographer Heather Siple turns her lens to her whimsical stuffed creatures, which she creates from upcycled fabric and found objects. Meet and adopt her “models” just in time or the holidays!

Add to Calendar 11/2/2018 5:00:00 PM 11/2/2018 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Opening Night: Joy and Innocence: Photos of Toys at Play Join us for a peek into the world of stuffed animals as they frolic though the world of a childish imagination. Internationally published local photographer Heather Siple turns her lens to her whimsical stuffed creatures, which she creates from upcycled fabric and found objects. Meet and adopt her “models” just in time or the holidays! Alapocas Run/Wilmington State Parks

A Night at the Tower

Saturday, November 17, 2018

6 p.m.

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 11/17/2018 6:00:00 PM 11/17/2018 7:00:00 PM America/New_York A Night at the 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/Wilmington State Parks