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.
Photographer Heather Siple turns her lens to her whimsical stuffed creatures created from upcycled fabric and found objects. Visit the Blue Ball Barn to adopt a “model” in time for the holidays! Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. through Nov. 28. Opening reception Friday, November 2 from 5 to 8 p.m.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Climb to the top of the tower, enjoy thefull moon and learn more about Delaware’s bats. FREE
Friday, November 2, 2018
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!
Saturday, November 17, 2018
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.