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ALAPOCAS RUN STATE PARK


Special Notice 11/19/18

The Bancroft Mills bridge is currently closed for maintenance through Wednesday, November 21. It will close again Monday, November 26 through Friday, November 30 to complete the work. The bridge will reopen December 1.

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: First Day Hike

Featured Program: First Day Hike

Bring on the New Year with a two hour recreational hike. Pre-registration required by noon, December 28. In the case of inclement weather, call on January 1 for cancellation information. Free. Blue Ball Barn Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at 10 a.m.

Add to Calendar 1/1/2019 10:00 1/1/2019 12:00 America/New_York Featured Program: First Day Hike Bring on the New Year with a two hour recreational hike. Pre-registration required by noon, December 28. In the case of inclement weather, call on January 1 for cancellation information. Free. Blue Ball Barn Alapocas Run 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

Featured Program: First Day Hike

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

10 a.m.

Bring on the New Year with a two hour recreational hike. Pre-registration required by noon, December 28. In the case of inclement weather, call on January 1 for cancellation information. Free. Blue Ball Barn

Add to Calendar 1/1/2019 10:00 1/1/2019 12:00 America/New_York Featured Program: First Day Hike Bring on the New Year with a two hour recreational hike. Pre-registration required by noon, December 28. In the case of inclement weather, call on January 1 for cancellation information. Free. Blue Ball Barn Alapocas Run State Park

Geocaching

Saturday, January 12, 2019

9 a.m.

Join the park naturalists in a modern day treasure hunt! Learn the basics of geocaching and discover what treasures lay in your local parks. GPS devices provided. Pre-registration and payment required by noon, January 11 or February 8. $5, $15 for Family of 4. Blue Ball Barn, 1914 W Park Dr, Wilmington, DE 19803, USA

Add to Calendar 1/12/2019 9:00 1/12/2019 12:00 America/New_York Geocaching Join the park naturalists in a modern day treasure hunt! Learn the basics of geocaching and discover what treasures lay in your local parks. GPS devices provided. Pre-registration and payment required by noon, January 11 or February 8. $5, $15 for Family of 4. Blue Ball Barn, 1914 W Park Dr, Wilmington, DE 19803, USA Alapocas Run State Park

Merit Badge: Geocaching

Saturday, January 12, 2019

9 a.m.

Earn an exciting merit badge with park naturalists and discover hidden treasures within the park. Bring your lunch and water bottle. GPS device provided. Pre-registration and payment required by noon, January 11 or February 8. $8 per Scout, Scoutmasters Free. Blue Ball Barn, 1914 W Park Dr, Wilmington, DE 19803, USA

Add to Calendar 1/12/2019 9:00 1/12/2019 14:00 America/New_York Merit Badge: Geocaching Earn an exciting merit badge with park naturalists and discover hidden treasures within the park. Bring your lunch and water bottle. GPS device provided. Pre-registration and payment required by noon, January 11 or February 8. $8 per Scout, Scoutmasters Free. Blue Ball Barn, 1914 W Park Dr, Wilmington, DE 19803, USA Alapocas Run State Park

Geocaching

Saturday, February 9, 2019

9 a.m.

Join the park naturalists in a modern day treasure hunt! Learn the basics of geocaching and discover what treasures lay in your local parks. GPS devices provided. Pre-registration and payment required by noon, January 11 or February 8. $5, $15 for Family of 4. Blue Ball Barn, 1914 W Park Dr, Wilmington, DE 19803, USA

Add to Calendar 2/9/2019 9:00 2/9/2019 12:00 America/New_York Geocaching Join the park naturalists in a modern day treasure hunt! Learn the basics of geocaching and discover what treasures lay in your local parks. GPS devices provided. Pre-registration and payment required by noon, January 11 or February 8. $5, $15 for Family of 4. Blue Ball Barn, 1914 W Park Dr, Wilmington, DE 19803, USA Alapocas Run State Park

Merit Badge: Geocaching

Saturday, February 9, 2019

9 a.m.

Earn an exciting merit badge with park naturalists and discover hidden treasures within the park. Bring your lunch and water bottle. GPS device provided. Pre-registration and payment required by noon, January 11 or February 8. $8 per Scout, Scoutmasters Free. Blue Ball Barn, 1914 W Park Dr, Wilmington, DE 19803, USA

Add to Calendar 2/9/2019 9:00 2/9/2019 14:00 America/New_York Merit Badge: Geocaching Earn an exciting merit badge with park naturalists and discover hidden treasures within the park. Bring your lunch and water bottle. GPS device provided. Pre-registration and payment required by noon, January 11 or February 8. $8 per Scout, Scoutmasters Free. Blue Ball Barn, 1914 W Park Dr, Wilmington, DE 19803, USA Alapocas Run State Park

Wine Basket Weaving

Saturday, February 9, 2019

9 a.m.

Learn traditional weaving techniques with master basket weaver Joan Betzold. During this session, you will create a wine basket. Basket materials are provided and an additional supply list will be sent upon registration. Pre-registration and payment required by noon, February 6. $40 per person. Blue Ball Barn, 1914 W Park Dr, Wilmington, DE 19803, USA

Add to Calendar 2/9/2019 9:00 2/9/2019 15:00 America/New_York Wine Basket Weaving Learn traditional weaving techniques with master basket weaver Joan Betzold. During this session, you will create a wine basket. Basket materials are provided and an additional supply list will be sent upon registration. Pre-registration and payment required by noon, February 6. $40 per person. Blue Ball Barn, 1914 W Park Dr, Wilmington, DE 19803, USA Alapocas Run State Park

The Inglorious History of Wilmington's Bavarian Brewery

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

06:30 p.m.

Combat the winter doldrums by joining us for an exciting presentation at the Blue Ball Barn. The brewery at Fifth and DuPont streets, known for much of its existence as the Bavarian brewery, had a sometimes scandalous and usually inglorious past. Join John Medkeff Jr., as he reveals the brewery’s unknown history. After the lecture, there will be a beer swap! Bring your favorite beer to swap with other participants. No registration required. Blue Ball Barn, 1914 W Park Dr, Wilmington, DE 19803, USA

Add to Calendar 2/13/2019 18:30 2/13/2019 20:30 America/New_York The Inglorious History of Wilmington's Bavarian Brewery Combat the winter doldrums by joining us for an exciting presentation at the Blue Ball Barn. The brewery at Fifth and DuPont streets, known for much of its existence as the Bavarian brewery, had a sometimes scandalous and usually inglorious past. Join John Medkeff Jr., as he reveals the brewery’s unknown history. After the lecture, there will be a beer swap! Bring your favorite beer to swap with other participants. No registration required. Blue Ball Barn, 1914 W Park Dr, Wilmington, DE 19803, USA Alapocas Run State Park

Winter Tree Hike

Saturday, February 23, 2019

10 a.m.

Winter can be the best time to identify trees based on their winter buds. Learn this skill during a hike through Alapocas Woods. Pre-registration required by noon, February 22. Free. Blue Ball Barn, 1914 W Park Dr, Wilmington, DE 19803, USA

Add to Calendar 2/23/2019 10:00 2/23/2019 12:00 America/New_York Winter Tree Hike Winter can be the best time to identify trees based on their winter buds. Learn this skill during a hike through Alapocas Woods. Pre-registration required by noon, February 22. Free. Blue Ball Barn, 1914 W Park Dr, Wilmington, DE 19803, USA Alapocas Run State Park