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Brandywine Park

Brandywine Park
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Brandywine Park is located in Delaware
Brandywine Park
Brandywine Park is located in the US
Brandywine Park
Location Roughly bounded by Augustine, 18th, and Market Sts. and Lovering Ave., Wilmington, Delaware
Coordinates 39°45′27″N 75°33′13″W / 39.757424°N 75.553590°W / 39.757424; -75.553590Coordinates: 39°45′27″N 75°33′13″W / 39.757424°N 75.553590°W / 39.757424; -75.553590
Area 175 acres (71 ha)
Built 1886 (1886)
Architect Samuel Canby
NRHP Reference # 76000574[1] (original)
81000192[1] (increase)
Significant dates
Added to NRHP December 22, 1976
Boundary increase July 23, 1981

Brandywine Park is the first city park established by the city of Wilmington, Delaware. It is located on the banks of Brandywine Creek, between Augustine Road and North Market Street. The park was established in 1886, and was designed by Samuel Canby, the city's parks commissioner, in consultation with Frederick Law Olmsted. Although initially laid out as a bucolic park with winding paths and roadways, it has since expanded to include active recreation facilities.[2]

The park is approximately 178 acres and it spans both the north and south banks of the Brandywine. Much of the park has been preserved as a mix of wilderness and open space with walking trails and scenic views of the creek and surrounding woods.[3] The open space section of the park includes two formal gardens, a rose garden and a cherry blossom garden.[4] The Brandywine Zoo was created in 1904 and now occupies 12 acres of the park.[5] Brandywine Park also includes active recreational facilities including playgrounds, athletic fields, and Baynard Stadium.[6]

The park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.[1] It is a unit of Delaware's Wilmington State Parks.

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  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Brandywine Park". National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  3. ^ "Brandywine Park". Friends of Wilmington Parks. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  4. ^ Mulchahey Chase, Susan. "Park in Bloom (Spring 2007)" (PDF). Friends of Wilmington Parks. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "History of the Brandywine Zoo". Brandywine Zoo. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  6. ^ Mulchahey Chase, Susan. "Recreation in the Parks (Fall 2001)" (PDF). Friends of Wilmington Parks. Retrieved 20 November 2015.