The Division of Parks and Recreation operates and maintains 15 state parks and related preserves and greenways throughout Delaware totaling more than 20,000 acres. The state's land protection programs, as well as the state's Greenways program, are administered by the Division. The Division is also responsible for providing recreational opportunities and educational and interpretive programs for the public. Other responsibilities include:
- Acquiring and developing recreational lands & facilities
- Providing for the protection of natural areas
- Overseeing & planning for statewide recreational needs
The Division of Parks and Recreation is part of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. We are located at 89 King's Highway in Dover, Delaware; office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Monday through Friday.
Division Director: Raymond E. Bivens
The Director's Office provides overall direction and management of Division of Parks and Recreation resources, facilities, services, policies and procedures.
Administration and Support Office
Section Administrator: Greg Abbott
The Office of Administration and Support includes the Division's business services, marketing, personnel, publications, website and other internal support services and staff.
Planning Preservation and Development Section
Section Administrator: Matthew P. Chesser
This section administers land acquisition and protection programs, including the Office of Nature Preserves. It also administers the Land and Water Conservation Trust Fund grants program, the statewide Greenways and Trails Program and the Coastal Heritage Greenway program. In addition, the section is responsible for planning, designing and constructing new facilities. The state's Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan is developed by the section.
Operations and Maintenance Section
Section Administrator: Ray Bivens
This section oversees the day-to-day operation and maintenance of all state parks and facilities, including over 400 state park buildings. It operates the Division's nine interpretive centers, offers programs on the natural and cultural resources of the parks, environmental education, and special events, and is responsible for the Division's cultural resources, including archaeology, history, historical architecture, and the Delaware Folklife Program. The section also oversees the enforcement of rules and regulations and park safety and security.