About Us

Friends of Wilmington Parks (FOWP) is a “grass roots” non-profit group of over 500 members, founded in 1991. We are actively involved with the State of Delaware Division of Parks & Recreation and the City of Wilmington in the preservation and maintenance of the Wilmington State Parks. FOWP is an active 501(c)(3) organization with over 25 board members and staff.

In 1991, a group of Wilmingtonians became inspired by the renaissance of parks elsewhere in the nation. They organized the Friends Society of Brandywine Park and formed a public/private partnership with the City of Wilmington, New Castle County and the State of Delaware to restore and maintain the park.

  • Later, other parks were included, and the organization became the Friends of Wilmington Parks. Its accomplishments include:
  • South Park Drive renovation -Read the October 28, 2004 News Journal article concerning the renovation and the ongoing maintenance of this area.
  • Jasper Crane Rose Garden renovation -Read about the relocation of the Bringhurst Fountain to its new home overlooking the Brandywine. View a slide show of the relocation process. (requires Shockwave Player; free download from Shockwave.com).

2012 History of FOWP