Fort Delaware getting $3.7 million in improvements


The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control began construction on several Fort Delaware State Park projects.

Areas of the fort on an island in the Delaware River normally open to the public will remain open.

The fort is best known as a prison for confederate troops captured by the union during the Civil War. It was originally built to defend Wilmington.

The $3.7 million project, funded by multiple sources, includes the following enhancements:

  • The tram path, which brings all visitors from the pier to the fort, will be stabilized and resurfaced.
  • Trails between the restrooms, fort, barracks, and heronry will be constructed with aggregates to be durable and prevent soggy shoes.   
  • The heronry observation platform will be rebuilt to be safe and inviting.
  • A new maintenance building will be constructed for a better, safer space for staff to support public access to the cultural and natural resources of the island.
  • A new screened pavilion will be constructed to provide suitable space for groups to eat lunch or gather.

Completion of the enhancements is expected in early 2022.

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