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Brandywine Park

Brandywine Park is roughly bounded by Augustine, 18th and Market streets, and Lovering Avenue in Wilmington, Delaware. Founded in 1885 by Wilmington's Board of Park Commissioners, this wooded area is famed as Delaware's first large urban park. It was built as a memorial to William Marriott Canby, the first president of the board. In 1976, the park was added in the National Register of Historic Places. An integral part of the Delaware State Park System, Brandywine Park is counted one among the 14 Wilmington State Parks. The effort to establish the park began in late 19th century by the largess of William Bancroft – the founder of Wilmington's city parks system. He donated various tracts of land, including one that became the Brandywine Park. The 180-acre parkland, along the sides of Brandywine River, creates a vegetative buffer in the heart of the city. It is the home to the renowned Brandywine Zoo, the only zoo in Delaware. Josephine Fountain, a favorite place to make a wish, is located here. Another remarkable spot is Baynard Stadium – an athletic facility for football, soccer, and track & field events. Todd Memorial, built in honor of the men and women of Delaware who sacrificed their lives in the World War I, is a striking structure. Other attractions include historic Jasper Crane Rose Garden and Bringhurst Fountain. Designated "off-leash" pet areas are also available. Stretching along the Brandywine Creek, the park is noted for its spring flowering trees, picnic areas, and walking and jogging trails. Sensory Trail, an accessible boardwalk trail, is maintained for the visually impaired.