Park Friends Groups

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Join one of the Department of Parks and Recreation basketball teams.
Enter one of the Department of Parks and Recreation walk/run events.
Participate in the Department of Parks and Recreation weightlifting program.

The City of Wilmington is committed to the preservation and promotion of its parks. This goal is best be achieved is through the active civic involvement from the residents of Wilmington. To ensure their long-term care and growth, Friends Groups have been developed around many of Wilmington’s parks.

What is a Park Friends Group?

A park friends group is formed when a group of citizens with common interests in the stewardship of a local park join together. Organized and led by local residents, these groups work closely with the Mayor’s Office, City Council, Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Department of Planning and Development, as well as other outside groups and organizations. The goal of the program is to more cohesively organize the concerns, ideas, and plans that residents and neighborhoods have for the future of their own neighborhood parks. These groups can become involved in a variety of activities on behalf of that park, including park programming, fundraising for park projects, conservation, capital project planning, and volunteer beautification efforts.

Friends of Wilmington Parks

Friends of Wilmington Parks is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1991 as a grass-roots organization of supporters who wanted to restore Brandywine Park to its original splendor. The Friends of Wilmington Parks currently has 500 members, making it Delaware’s largest Friends organization. Working with the State of Delaware Division of Parks & Recreation and the City of Wilmington, the Friends are committed to the preservation and maintenance of the Wilmington State Parks system.

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