Experience the size, speed, and power of modern transportation from yard away. Busy Amtrak trains fly by on the Northeast corridor which runs from Boston to Washington D.C. Shipping vessels travel down the Delaware River, ferrying the people and goods that are the lifeblood of the world economy. Look for the Commodore Barry bridge to the north and the Delaware Memorial Bridge to the South.
Hike or bike this paved path that offers views of the trains and ships passing by. Look for birds and butterflies in the meadow as you walk.
Fox Point State Park offers scenic picnic areas beside the Delaware River. Enjoy the river breeze while younger visitors explore the playground and sandbox.
Resident bald eagles nest and fish near the Delaware River. Keep an eye on the sky as you explore Fox Point State Park!
Nature and commerce come together at beautiful Fox Point State Park, where cargo ships, cars, and trains pass by on the ground, and birds of prey, like bald eagles fly above. The park was named in honor of S. Marston Fox, whose efforts helped convert the land from a waste dumping site into a waterfront recreational park. As guests walk through the meadows and grassland, they can simultaneously view Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as the Commodore Barry and Delaware Memorial bridges. Pavilions and playgrounds round out the park, making it a perfect place to relax and enjoy the views with family and friends.
The land that the park occupies was created when the Pennsylvania Railroad began filling in the bank of the river along its right-of-way to create additional industrial land. S. Marston Fox, for whom the park is named, began a battle in 1958 to stop the filling process and turn the four-mile stretch of shoreline over to the people of Delaware. The land finally was turned over to New Castle County in the the late 1970s. Led by Rep. David Ennis and Eugene "Tom" Snell, the Fox Point Civic Association took up the fight to turn the area into parkland following Fox's death in 1982. In 1990, the land was turned over to the state, and the remediation process began.
Past dumping practices at Fox Point had contaminated the soil at the site. In order to use the land as a park without endangering the health of the employees and visitors, a remedy commonly used at landfills was selected - a cap system. Under this plan, an impermeable layer of thick plastic was placed over the 15-acre surface of the site to isolate contaminated material. Layers of sand, clean fill and topsoil were placed above and below this plastic liner for drainage and the support of future vegetation. Today, Fox Point State Park stands as a testament to visionaries like S. Marston Fox and the community leaders who took Mr. Fox's vision and made it a reality.
There are currently no programs scheduled at this location