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Battery Park in Old New Castle

39°39'29.64"N  75°33'59.15"W

End of South (or Delaware) Street
New Castle, DE 19720

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At the end of Delaware Street lies Battery Park, an open space so named for its early use as an artillery fortification against enemy ships. Ironically, this open space now serves as a great source of peace and quiet ... most of the year. Other times you might stumble across festive outdoor events such as Separation Day in June (Delaware's birthday), the Summer Antique Show in August, Art on the Green in September, or an evening concert in the outdoor band shell during summer. This commons area even offers picnic tables, playground equipment, and public restrooms, making it worthy of a true "day in the park." And while you're there, keep an eye out for "The Senate," a group of elderly war veterans (and amateur historians) that often retreats to the Donald C. Banks Memorial Building to discuss all things New Castle; outsiders welcome.

Stretching out from Battery Park is two-and-a-half miles of pathway on which visitors can stroll with loved ones or just sit and watch the freighters pass by. From here you can hunt for sea glass on the beach, watch the wetlands for wildlife, or take your dog for a stroll on the pier. Or better yet, grab your sketch pad. Views of the Delaware Memorial Bridge and New Jersey's coastline make this a popular spot to explore one's creative side.

Photo by Shaun Bailey

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