We help make the park more fun
FOCHSP has been instrumental in providing, supporting and maintaining various facilities in Cape Henlopen State Park. including the Borrow-a-Bike program and others:
Both the FOCHSP and the park’s management recognized the need for a playground suited to small children. In 2009, they worked to identify a suitable location and appropriate equipment for a playground in the park. We devoted the proceeds of most of the FOCHSP fundraising efforts for several years to this project. We also applied for and received monies from The Longwood Foundation and the Marmot Foundation. Delaware State Representative Pete Schwartzkopf and State Senator Gary Simpson provided additional support from their Community Transportation Funds for bike and pedestrian pathways and curbing throughout the playground area.
Groundbreaking for the playground was held in October 2011. The playground was completed and dedicated in August 2012.
The playground is located near the basketball courts. There are two play areas: one for ages 2-5 and one for ages 6 and up.
Disc Golf is a fun, easy to play yet challenging sport for friends and family alike. The object of the game is to throw a frisbee like disc into a chain basket atop a pole. Similar to golf, the target is called the “hole”. The number of throws needed to land a disc in a basket is the score for that hole.
Cape Henlopen State Park has a course with a total of 19 holes and is located between the McBride Beach Bathhouse and the Seaside Nature Center. The course is one of the oldest in the world. Designed in 1978 by Ed Headrick, one of the founders of the sport, the course is one of the most unique in the country due to its location on sand dunes.
In the last few years the Cape Henlopen State Park has constructed and helped install all new tee-off platforms. Signage is currently being replaced due to wear and tear. This year the Cape Henlopen Disc Golf Club and Delaware Disc Golf began to raise funds to secure new disc golf baskets for the course. The Friends became aware of this and offered to match funds raised by the clubs. The collaboration will allow the Park to purchase new baskets by the end of 2021 which will allow installation by local area disc golf volunteers and park personnel by the 2022 season.
Anyone interested in playing can stop at the Seaside Nature Center and pick up a course map and scorecard as well as either borrow or purchase discs for use.
If you do not yet own your own set of discs to play with you may borrow some for free at the Nature Center while obtaining your course layout and scorecard.