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The Division of Parks & Recreation operates and maintains 17 state parks and related preserves and greenways throughout Delaware. 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.

Organization of the Division of Parks and Recreation

Director's Office
Division Director:
Raymond E. Bivens
(302) 739-9200

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

(302) 739-9220

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 Ritter
(302) 739-9235  

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: Grant Melville

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.

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