Friends Society of Brandywine Park is born.
First Annual Hands Across The Brandywine event is held.
Guided Historical Walking Tours begin.
Jasper Crane Rose Garden begins regular maintenance through the City Park Trust Fund.
The Wilmington State Parks are formed when the Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation begins managing the city-owned Brandywine and Rockford parks, along with Alapocas Run State Park and the H. Fletcher Brown park.
Friends of Wilmington Parks becomes the organization’s new official name.
The Monkey Hill Pavilion undergoes restoration thanks to our collaborative efforts with the Division of Parks and Recreation and the Junior League of Wilmington. The project is completed in 2000.
Brandywine Park’s South Park Drive begins restoration due to high wind damages from a 1999 storm. Native species are replanted and downed trees are removed. The project is completed over several years.
Jasper Crane Rose Garden is renovated with irrigation and 450 roses of 52 varieties are planted.
Rockford Tower Centennial Gala is hosted by the Friends to celebrate the tower's reopening to the public.
The Historical Bringhurst Fountain is relocated to a new stone terrace by the Jasper Crane Rose Garden.
Park Historian & Author Susan Mulchahey's book Within the Reach of All, An Illustrated History of Brandywine Park is published by the Friends.
The All American Rose Selections recognized the Jasper Crane Rose Garden as third best in the nation.
The Sugar Bowl Pavilion And Observatory in Brandywine Park is recreated by the Friends, the Delaware Division of Parks & Recreation, the City of Wilmington, and a dedicated group of community volunteers.
The Sugar Bowl Steel is erected.
Jasper Crane Rose Garden receives fountain.
Brandywine Festival of the Arts is revived.
The Sugar Bowl receives new additions such as decorative columns, balustrades and electricity.
5K Cherry Blossom Walk/Run is revived.
First public event at the Sugar Bowl in over 50 years.
Restoration of the Sugar Bowl is complete.
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