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 Wilmingtonâs main public squareâRodney Squareâwhich was originally constructed in 1921. The Mayor and Governor acknowledge that the Cityâs 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.