Delaware Greenways

Wilmington, DE

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Delaware Greenways (DGI) is committed to the preservation and enhancement of Delaware's natural, scenic, historic, cultural, and recreational resources. The organization works to accomplish this by preserving and connecting open space and greenways, protecting scenic and historic roadway corridors, increasing opportunities for walking, bicycling and close to home recreation, and fostering healthy lifestyles.

Northern Delaware


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Walking outdoor events are free to public. There are fees for a selction of special programs and events.


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1. Open Space
Permanently preserve greenway corridors to help protect water quality, improve air
quality, maintain plant and animal biodiversity, safeguard historic and cultural
resources and sustain and enhance Delaware's scenic beauty.

2. Trails
Develop a statewide network of local and regional trails, paths and greenways for walking
or biking and for multiple uses that can be used for recreation, transportation (such as
walking or biking to work) and fitness opportunities to create healthy, livable
communities.

3. Livable Communities
Foster the creation and preservation of livable communities, connected communities that
are walking and biking friendly and safe, enhanced by Delaware's natural, scenic,
historic, cultural and recreational resources.

4. Scenic and Historic Roads
Protect and connect Delaware's scenic and historic road corridors. Delaware Greenways is
the leader in the Development of Scenic and Historic Byways in Delaware (Brandywine
Valley National Scenic Byway, Route Nine Coastal Heritage Scenic Byway and the Lewes
Historic and Scenic Byway) and is working in all three counties to secure Byway
designations that will protect and enhance cultural, natural and scenic resources that
are of importance to those that live and work in these areas.

5. Promoting Healthy Lifestyles and
Close-to-Home Recreation
Foster more healthy lifestyles by encouraging the use of close to home recreation
facilities throughout the state. As Delaware Greenways celebrated its twentieth
anniversary in 2009 and the completion of the Northern Delaware Greenway, our
organization has expanded its role as a community leader to include active engagement
with Delaware residents. The organization has launched a series of programs that build
awareness of existing trails, parks and outdoor cultural and recreational facilities,
encouraging active lifestyles, and promoting a connection with nature.

In 1990, Delaware Greenways planned the First Greenway in the First State - the Northern
Delaware Greenway. The project began with a vision to link existing parkland between the
Delaware River and the Brandywine River by acquiring critical parcels of open space to
create a linear park just north of Wilmington. The construction of a hiking and biking
trail through the interconnected parkland was planned and is now complete. The Northern
Delaware Greenway has inspired many similar initiatives throughout the state of Delaware.
Today, Delaware Greenways leads grassroots efforts throughout New Castle County and the
state, leveraging public and private investment for greenways and trails, and catalyzing
the development of policies and initiatives to conserve and protect open space, create
livable and enduring communities, and preserve scenic landscapes (see our current
projects).

What Are Greenways?
Greenways are linear corridors of open space that can be used for conservation or
recreation. They come in many different forms and may include stream corridors, abandoned
railroad rights of way, scenic highways, greenbelts around cities or towns, and
riverfront walks. Due to their linear nature, trails often follow greenway corridors.
Because of this, the term 'greenway' has become synonymous with walking paths and trails
that are not fully contained within the larger county, state, or municipal parks. Though
in many cases they are not officially part of a park systems, these 'greenway trails'
provide a safe and enjoyable place to walk, hike, and bike and provide close-to-home
recreational opportunities for community residents.

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Delaware Greenways
1910 Rockland Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
302- 655-7275 phone
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