South Wilmington Wetlands Park

Wilmington, Delaware
Client: City of Wilmington, Delaware


Oasis Design Group, in collaboration with RK&K, and the client and its stakeholders, developed a master plan for the approximately 30-acre urban wetland park that has been touted as a national model by the White House Council on Environmental Quality and others. The project is in the beginning stages of construction documentation. BrightFields, Inc. is the environmental consulting and remediation firm for the project.

The multi-parcel tract of low lying land, which is a legacy brownfield site, was identified in the South Wilmington Urban Renewal Plan to serve as a large natural stormwater retention facility. The open space will provide natural water storage and recharge areas for the surrounding urban areas and resolve existing drainage issues in a manner that creates a wetland park as an amenity.

Firm Accomplishments

  • Analyzed surrounding land uses in conjunction with ongoing engineering studies to identify park access points and opportunities for upland park environments.
  • Developed a series of ecological habitat zones, based on hydrological regimes that represent seven different plant communities found in the state of Delaware.
  • Created an overall master plan that included picnic groves with pavilions at key vantage points, a series of wetland boardwalks with natural area interpretation stations, and walking trails that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

For more information, visit the Wilmington Area Planning Council web page on the project and the article about the project “A Vulnerable Community Braces for the Impacts of Sea Level Rise” by Bruce Stutz that appears in Yale Environment 360, published at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, January 30, 2017.


2016 Merit Award in Analysis and Planning from Pennsylvania-Delaware Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects — Read the award news release in PDF format.