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Alapocas Run State Park


Notice of Hybrid Public Meeting

This meeting is regarding the Section 106 review, under the National Historic Preservation Act, and the development of a memorandum of agreement for the demolition and replacement of the Bancroft pedestrian bridge, located at Alapocas Run State Park in New Castle County, Wilmington, Delaware.

Seeking public comment

Wednesday, April 17th, 2024, 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Blue Ball Barn
1914 W Park Dr
Wilmington DE, 19803

Find Your Adventure at Alapocas Run State Park

Alapocas Woods offers a short but scenic trail at Alapocas Run State Park.

Explore Alapocas Woods

Enjoy a leisure 0.7-mile-long hike through mature woodlands in the middle of the city. Look for native pawpaw trees and take in the sights and sounds of nature.

The blue rock cliffs at Alapocas Run State Park.

Observe the Blue Granite Cliffs

The cliffs, made of blue rock gneiss, offer a glimpse into the park’s quarrying past. These rocks were once used to help build the city of Wilmington!

The Blue Ball Barn at Alpocas Run State Park is the home of the Delaware Folk Art Museum

Discover the Blue Ball Barn

Step back in time at the Blue Ball Barn. Learn about the rich history of the area while touring The Delaware Folk Art Collection.

 

The Northern Delaware Greenway runs through Alpocas Run State Park

Ride the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail

Hike or bike through the natural and cultural history of Wilmington! Stop at historic overlooks to learn about the textile mills that once thrived throughout the region.

The Can-Do Playground at Alapocas Run State Park

Have Fun at the Can-Do Playground

Kids of all abilities can go for a swing, or play in the sand at Delaware's first "boundless playground." You can also read a new story on the Storybook Trail.

Rock-climbing at Alapocas Run State Park

Superintendent’s Pick: Climb the Rock Wall

Climb Delaware’s only natural rock climbing wall! Our staff offer top-rope climbing programs — with some basic tips and equipment, rock climbing can be a unique way to experience the park.

About the Park

Around Delaware’s beautiful Blue Rock cliff, formerly quarried and now home to the state’s only natural rock-climbing wall, natural resources like mature woodlands and the Brandywine River meet a rich industrial and cultural history at Alapocas Run State Park. The Blue Ball Barn, now a popular event space named for the Blue Ball Tavern that once served travelers in the area, was built in the 1900s as a dairy barn that supported A.I. DuPont’s Nemours estate. It now houses the Delaware Folk Art Collection and tells the park’s history in story form. Pawpaw trees, North America’s largest native fruit-bearing tree, grows in the forest understory. Delaware’s only venomous snake, the non-aggressive Northern Copperhead, occurs here. A Storybook Trail winds around the Can-do Playground, designed to be accessible to every child. Alapocas Run is also home to the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail, a National Recreation Trail.

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.

Virtual Tour

Bancroft Bridge Update

After historic floods from the remnants of Hurricane Ida during the last week of August in 2021, the Bancroft Bridge was struct with high flood water and heavy debris causing severe damage. The Division closed the bridge and performed structural analysis to determine the impact of the damage. The Division has a written report and recorded a presentation of the findings and alternative solutions evaluated to fix or replace the bridge.

View the video presentation from the March 28, 2023 meeting.

View the video presentation from the October 27, 2022 meeting.

View the video presentation from the February 10, 2022 meeting.

Available are also the follwoing presentations:

The Delaware Folk Art Collection

The collection currently contains over 120 works from Delaware artists, reflecting the diverse cultural backgrounds that make up the First State. Visitors are able to tour the exhibits in person at the Barn or take a virtual tour. 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

Temporary Art Exhibition: Sa-Kreea Mo'Nay

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

8:00 AM

Join us at the Blue Ball Barn for The Beauty of Essence by artist Sa-Kreea Mo'Nay. Whether it's clothing accessories or canvas, she believes what we wear and view identifies who we are and what we have experienced in life. "Anything I paint has an emotional connection to the experiences life brings me becoming a part of my navigation through life and the paintings I create to be seen or worn. I encourage anyone who interacts with my work to feel hope and freedom." The Beauty of Essence runs from May 30 to June 26. No registration required. Free, with paid park admission.

Add to Calendar 6/19/2024 8:00:00 AM 6/19/2024 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Temporary Art Exhibition: Sa-Kreea Mo'Nay Join us at the Blue Ball Barn for The Beauty of Essence by artist Sa-Kreea Mo'Nay. Whether it's clothing accessories or canvas, she believes what we wear and view identifies who we are and what we have experienced in life. "Anything I paint has an emotional connection to the experiences life brings me becoming a part of my navigation through life and the paintings I create to be seen or worn. I encourage anyone who interacts with my work to feel hope and freedom." The Beauty of Essence runs from May 30 to June 26. No registration required. Free, with paid park admission. Alapocas Run

Nature on the Go- Can Do Playground

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

10:00 AM

Nature on the Go is a weekly program where we explore different aspects of our natural world and provide take-home experiences that encourage further investigation of what's around us. No registration required. Free!

Add to Calendar 6/25/2024 10:00:00 AM 6/25/2024 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Nature on the Go- Can Do Playground Nature on the Go is a weekly program where we explore different aspects of our natural world and provide take-home experiences that encourage further investigation of what's around us. No registration required. Free! Alapocas Run

Temporary Art Exhibition: Sa-Kreea Mo'Nay Closing Day

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

8:00 AM

Join us at the Blue Ball Barn for The Beauty of Essence by artist Sa-Kreea Mo'Nay. Whether it's clothing accessories or canvas, she believes what we wear and view identifies who we are and what we have experienced in life. "Anything I paint has an emotional connection to the experiences life brings me becoming a part of my navigation through life and the paintings I create to be seen or worn. I encourage anyone who interacts with my work to feel hope and freedom." The Beauty of Essence runs from May 30 to June 26. No registration required. Free, with paid park admission.

Add to Calendar 6/26/2024 8:00:00 AM 6/26/2024 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Temporary Art Exhibition: Sa-Kreea Mo'Nay Closing Day Join us at the Blue Ball Barn for The Beauty of Essence by artist Sa-Kreea Mo'Nay. Whether it's clothing accessories or canvas, she believes what we wear and view identifies who we are and what we have experienced in life. "Anything I paint has an emotional connection to the experiences life brings me becoming a part of my navigation through life and the paintings I create to be seen or worn. I encourage anyone who interacts with my work to feel hope and freedom." The Beauty of Essence runs from May 30 to June 26. No registration required. Free, with paid park admission. Alapocas Run

Story on the Go

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

10:00 AM

Drop by the Storybook Trail and join a naturalist in exploring stories and nature with hands-on activities based on the story of the month. No registration required. Free!

Add to Calendar 6/26/2024 10:00:00 AM 6/26/2024 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Story on the Go Drop by the Storybook Trail and join a naturalist in exploring stories and nature with hands-on activities based on the story of the month. No registration required. Free! Alapocas Run

Nature on the Go- Can Do Playground

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

10:00 AM

Nature on the Go is a weekly program where we explore different aspects of our natural world and provide take-home experiences that encourage further investigation of what's around us. No registration required. Free!

Add to Calendar 7/2/2024 10:00:00 AM 7/2/2024 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Nature on the Go- Can Do Playground Nature on the Go is a weekly program where we explore different aspects of our natural world and provide take-home experiences that encourage further investigation of what's around us. No registration required. Free! Alapocas Run

Nature on the Go- Can Do Playground

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

10:00 AM

Nature on the Go is a weekly program where we explore different aspects of our natural world and provide take-home experiences that encourage further investigation of what's around us. No registration required. Free!

Add to Calendar 7/9/2024 10:00:00 AM 7/9/2024 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Nature on the Go- Can Do Playground Nature on the Go is a weekly program where we explore different aspects of our natural world and provide take-home experiences that encourage further investigation of what's around us. No registration required. Free! Alapocas Run

Nature on the Go- Can Do Playground

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

10:00 AM

Nature on the Go is a weekly program where we explore different aspects of our natural world and provide take-home experiences that encourage further investigation of what's around us. No registration required. Free!

Add to Calendar 7/16/2024 10:00:00 AM 7/16/2024 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Nature on the Go- Can Do Playground Nature on the Go is a weekly program where we explore different aspects of our natural world and provide take-home experiences that encourage further investigation of what's around us. No registration required. Free! Alapocas Run

Art in Action: Linocut Printmaking

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

6:00 PM

During this workshop, participants will learn about the fundamentals and history of different types of printing from teaching artist and printmaker Charlotte Holt. Design and carve your own linocut print to take home. All materials will be provided, no experience is necessary. Ages 13 and older. Registration equired, $20 per person.

Register Online

Add to Calendar 7/17/2024 6:00:00 PM 7/17/2024 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Art in Action: Linocut Printmaking During this workshop, participants will learn about the fundamentals and history of different types of printing from teaching artist and printmaker Charlotte Holt. Design and carve your own linocut print to take home. All materials will be provided, no experience is necessary. Ages 13 and older. Registration equired, $20 per person. Alapocas Run

Nature on the Go- Can Do Playground

Tuesday, July 23, 2024

10:00 AM

Nature on the Go is a weekly program where we explore different aspects of our natural world and provide take-home experiences that encourage further investigation of what's around us. No registration required. Free!

Add to Calendar 7/23/2024 10:00:00 AM 7/23/2024 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Nature on the Go- Can Do Playground Nature on the Go is a weekly program where we explore different aspects of our natural world and provide take-home experiences that encourage further investigation of what's around us. No registration required. Free! Alapocas Run

Introduction to Rock Climbing

Tuesday, July 23, 2024

6:00 PM

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. Please note that it is a 10 minute walk from the parking lot with hills. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon before the program date. $30 per person.

Register Online

Add to Calendar 7/23/2024 6:00:00 PM 7/23/2024 8:00:00 PM 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. Please note that it is a 10 minute walk from the parking lot with hills. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon before the program date. $30 per person. Alapocas Run

Introduction to Rock Climbing

Thursday, July 25, 2024

6:00 PM

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. Please note that it is a 10 minute walk from the parking lot with hills. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon before the program date. $30 per person.

Register Online

Add to Calendar 7/25/2024 6:00:00 PM 7/25/2024 8:00:00 PM 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. Please note that it is a 10 minute walk from the parking lot with hills. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon before the program date. $30 per person. Alapocas Run

Nature on the Go- Can Do Playground

Tuesday, July 30, 2024

10:00 AM

Nature on the Go is a weekly program where we explore different aspects of our natural world and provide take-home experiences that encourage further investigation of what's around us. No registration required. Free!

Add to Calendar 7/30/2024 10:00:00 AM 7/30/2024 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Nature on the Go- Can Do Playground Nature on the Go is a weekly program where we explore different aspects of our natural world and provide take-home experiences that encourage further investigation of what's around us. No registration required. Free! Alapocas Run

Introduction to Rock Climbing

Tuesday, July 30, 2024

6:00 PM

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. Please note that it is a 10 minute walk from the parking lot with hills. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon before the program date. $30 per person.

Register Online

Add to Calendar 7/30/2024 6:00:00 PM 7/30/2024 8:00:00 PM 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. Please note that it is a 10 minute walk from the parking lot with hills. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon before the program date. $30 per person. Alapocas Run

Introduction to Rock Climbing

Thursday, August 1, 2024

6:00 PM

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. Please note that it is a 10 minute walk from the parking lot with hills. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon before the program date. $30 per person.

Register Online

Add to Calendar 8/1/2024 6:00:00 PM 8/1/2024 8:00:00 PM 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. Please note that it is a 10 minute walk from the parking lot with hills. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon before the program date. $30 per person. Alapocas Run

Introduction to Rock Climbing

Saturday, August 3, 2024

9:30 AM

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. Please note that it is a 10 minute walk from the parking lot with hills. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon before the program date. $30 per person.

Register Online

Add to Calendar 8/3/2024 9:30:00 AM 8/3/2024 11:30:00 AM 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. Please note that it is a 10 minute walk from the parking lot with hills. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon before the program date. $30 per person. Alapocas Run

Art in Action: Painting with Tea

Saturday, August 3, 2024

1:00 PM

Join us at the Barn for this two hour workshop where you will learn how to paint a rose using nothing but brewed tea and a paintbrush. All materials are provided, this workshop is suited for beginners and advanced painters alike. Participants will leave with a 5" x 7" painting that is a handsome conversation starter. Registration required, $10 per person.

Register Online

Add to Calendar 8/3/2024 1:00:00 PM 8/3/2024 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Art in Action: Painting with Tea Join us at the Barn for this two hour workshop where you will learn how to paint a rose using nothing but brewed tea and a paintbrush. All materials are provided, this workshop is suited for beginners and advanced painters alike. Participants will leave with a 5" x 7" painting that is a handsome conversation starter. Registration required, $10 per person. Alapocas Run

Nature on the Go- Can Do Playground

Tuesday, August 6, 2024

10:00 AM

Nature on the Go is a weekly program where we explore different aspects of our natural world and provide take-home experiences that encourage further investigation of what's around us. No registration required. Free!

Add to Calendar 8/6/2024 10:00:00 AM 8/6/2024 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Nature on the Go- Can Do Playground Nature on the Go is a weekly program where we explore different aspects of our natural world and provide take-home experiences that encourage further investigation of what's around us. No registration required. Free! Alapocas Run

Introduction to Rock Climbing

Tuesday, August 6, 2024

5:30 PM

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. Please note that it is a 10 minute walk from the parking lot with hills. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon before the program date. $30 per person.

Register Online

Add to Calendar 8/6/2024 5:30:00 PM 8/6/2024 7:30:00 PM 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. Please note that it is a 10 minute walk from the parking lot with hills. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon before the program date. $30 per person. Alapocas Run

Touch a Truck

Wednesday, August 7, 2024

10:00 AM

Join us at the Can-Do Playground to see and touch the special machines and vehicles that the Delaware State Parks maintenance team and more use to keep our parks beautiful. No registration required. Free!

Add to Calendar 8/7/2024 10:00:00 AM 8/7/2024 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Touch a Truck Join us at the Can-Do Playground to see and touch the special machines and vehicles that the Delaware State Parks maintenance team and more use to keep our parks beautiful. No registration required. Free! Alapocas Run

Introduction to Rock Climbing

Thursday, August 8, 2024

5:30 PM

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. Please note that it is a 10 minute walk from the parking lot with hills. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon before the program date. $30 per person.

Register Online

Add to Calendar 8/8/2024 5:30:00 PM 8/8/2024 7:30:00 PM 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. Please note that it is a 10 minute walk from the parking lot with hills. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon before the program date. $30 per person. Alapocas Run

Nature on the Go- Can Do Playground

Tuesday, August 13, 2024

10:00 AM

Nature on the Go is a weekly program where we explore different aspects of our natural world and provide take-home experiences that encourage further investigation of what's around us. No registration required. Free!

Add to Calendar 8/13/2024 10:00:00 AM 8/13/2024 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Nature on the Go- Can Do Playground Nature on the Go is a weekly program where we explore different aspects of our natural world and provide take-home experiences that encourage further investigation of what's around us. No registration required. Free! Alapocas Run

Story on the Go

Wednesday, August 14, 2024

10:00 AM

Drop by the Storybook Trail and join a naturalist in exploring stories and nature with hands-on activities based on the story of the month. No registration required. Free!

Add to Calendar 8/14/2024 10:00:00 AM 8/14/2024 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Story on the Go Drop by the Storybook Trail and join a naturalist in exploring stories and nature with hands-on activities based on the story of the month. No registration required. Free! Alapocas Run

Introduction to Rock Climbing

Saturday, August 24, 2024

9:30 AM

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. Please note that it is a 10 minute walk from the parking lot with hills. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon before the program date. $30 per person.

Register Online

Add to Calendar 8/24/2024 9:30:00 AM 8/24/2024 11:30:00 AM 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. Please note that it is a 10 minute walk from the parking lot with hills. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon before the program date. $30 per person. Alapocas Run