Rodney Square Renovation

Mayor Purzycki, Governor Carney and the Rodney Square Conservancy Announce a $6 to 8 Million Renovation of Rodney Square

Plans for Rodney Square

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki, Delaware Governor John Carney and the Rodney Square Conservancy have announced the start of a $6 to 8 million dollar renovation of Wilmington’s main public square—Rodney Square—which was originally constructed in 1921. The Mayor and Governor acknowledge that the City’s largest public square has suffered in recent years from deferred maintenance and is in need of a major aesthetic and infrastructure overhaul.

The multiple-year, two-phased public and privately-funded renovation project will include new masonry and paving, improved irrigation systems, upgraded lights and electrical system, lighted fountains, planters, benches and tables, trash and recycling collection bins, as well as new trees, shrubs and green areas.

The new square is being designed to accommodate a wider range of smaller community events in addition to the more traditional larger events staged at the square. Improved accessibility to the square and more community-based activities are the primary goals of the renovation project.

Plans for Rodney Square renovation


Estimated Total Cost of Project: $6 to $8 million

Estimated Cost of Phase I: $4 million

Phase I Funding Provided by the following:

City Bond Funds: $1.5 million

State Grant Funding: $1.8 million

Private Donations: $0.7 million

Plan Renderings

Below is a video outlining the improvements planned for Rodney Square, as well as visual renderings of what the finished park should look like.

Rendering of Rodney Square Fountain
Plan rendering for Rodney Square