Wilmington Riverfront Walk & Lunch

This will be a “short” walk of about 2-3 miles along the Wilmington Riverfront and then an optional lunch. We will meet at the Tubman-Garrett Riverfont Park and walk to the Russell W. Peterson Wildlife Refuge and back, stopping for lunch along the way. We will basically be following the Riverwalkers path: here is a link to the map: http://www.riverfrontwilm.com/uploads/pdfs/riverwalkers_map_2012.pdf Those not interested in staying for lunch can leave after the walk. I am thinking we can have lunch at Iron Hill Brewery (www.ironhillbrewery.com/wilmington) but I am not tied to that if the group consensus is to go somewhere else (there are numerous restaurants options along the river).

Parking: The closest lot is located at the Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park (Rosa Parks Drive Wilmington, DE 19801) and is free. There is also plentiful parking at free lots near the Shipyard Shops, 900 S. Madison St., the Chase Center on the Riverfront, 800 S. Madison St., and near the Riverfront Market, 1 S. Market St. Some paid parking available near the Amtrak station, 100 S. French St. (at Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd.)

Directions: I 95 exit 6 Proceed to the MARYLAND Ave./Martin Luther King Blvd. Turn RIGHT onto M.L.K. Blvd. Stay in the RIGHT-MOST lane. From MLK BLVD, turn RIGHT onto S. ORANGE ST and left onto WATER STREET. The Riverfront Park is located on Water Street between Market and French Streets across from the Amtrak Train Station (100 South French St Wilmington, DE 19801).
Additional Info about the route: Start at the Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park, at Water and South French streets. Twenty-one placards spaced along the walkway tell the history of the Christina River and the city, beginning with the development of industry, shipbuilding, and other transportation here. The Underground Railroad, which ran through Wilmington, is remembered as well, as are efforts to restore wetlands and excavate archaeological sites. Sometimes you can also see the Kalmar Nyckel, a reproduction of the ship that brought Wilmington's first settlers. Dravo Plaza, lined with huge cranes, recalls the city's shipbuilding history and its contributions to World War II. Visitors who make it to the end of the Riverfront will reach the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge. The 225 acres of marshland have become home to many birds and other creatures.

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  • Pete

    Nice walk, fun company & good beer! Thanks for organizing this.

    March 2, 2013

  • drew d.

    Little chilly, but company was fun

    March 2, 2013

  • Will C.

    Thanks to Jenn for organizing the event. Wonderful lunch and great opportunity to talk and meet people

    March 2, 2013

  • Sharon

    Thanks Jenn, it was nice to meet everyone and a nice brisk walk.

    March 2, 2013

  • Lauren

    Hi All,

    I had a little family emergency ...was hoping to be able to make it still but am running too late. :( I'm really sorry. I hope that you have fun and hope that I'll be able to attend the next one!

    March 2, 2013

  • Claudia

    Sorry, I won't be able to make this one. Have fun!!

    March 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello all, I have made a lunch reservation for Iron Hill Brewery at 12:30 after the first leg of our walk. If you do NOT plan on attending the lunch portion please post a note in the comments so that I can get a better feel for the number of seats we will need. Much appreciated! - Jenn

    February 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      David - I have built in some free time for folks to roam around the Wildlife refuge, take pictures, etc. and if I still need to adjust the time, I will just call the restaurant. Thanks!

      February 28, 2013

    • David H.

      Okay, everyone have a great time and be kind to the waitstaff ;-)

      February 28, 2013

  • Sang

    I will save everyone from my flu.

    February 28, 2013

  • Wade C.

    Not planning on lunch... but am planning to walk. Gonna try and meet up with your group.

    February 28, 2013

  • Chris

    I am a very strong maybe

    February 27, 2013

    • Chris

      More like 82.2%

      February 28, 2013

    • Phil

      Sounds more like an 88.6%

      February 28, 2013

  • Crystal

    Possibly more guests.

    February 25, 2013

  • Ashok S.

    Almost sure but not 100% that I can make it to the walk.

    February 25, 2013

  • Jennie M.

    Working

    February 24, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Sounds like a great time but tomorrow I'm hiking Judge Morris Estate trails.

    February 8, 2013

    • Phil

      Gonna "meetup" with us on this one? Hope so.

      February 21, 2013

    • Jennifer

      Probably not - have my daughter this weekend. Thesis is on math and economic principles.

      February 21, 2013

  • Wade C.

    LOOKS LIKE FUN !!!

    February 21, 2013

  • Ann-Jon O.

    Cool

    February 20, 2013

  • Ann-Jon O.

    I may have to bring my kids too

    February 19, 2013

  • David H.

    Wow. I've never seen anyone cancel at the 11th hour because of a little wind and only nine people attending. Just wow.

    February 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi David, I didn't cancel I decided to reschedule for a day with nicer weather in order to accommodate the largest number of people. I had several people drop out because of the cold weather And wind. I personally would have been fine with today but I feared there would be a very small turnout, so I thought moving this to a nicer day would be best for everyone. I already apologized for the short notice.

      February 9, 2013

    • David H.

      Alright. Sorry for sniping, but you didn't tell me we were doing this with Delco, you didn't tell me you were cancelling and I definitely would have slated some actual activity for the weekend if I'd known you were going to bail. I felt slighted.

      February 13, 2013

  • Phil

    Ok, thank you for considering the enjoyment factor besides just making it an unpleasant "hike". Could we do the walk next Sunday same time? I'm in :-)

    February 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Phil I moved this to March 2nd , hope you can make it!

      February 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Due to the winds (and the fact that a lot of people have changed their RSVP to "No"), I am rescheduling this hike. It is very windy in Wilmington today which makes for a very unpleasant walk along the Riverfront. I apologize for the last minute change and hope everyone recieves this in time.

    February 9, 2013

  • A former member

    A former member changed the date and time from Saturday, February 09, 2013 at 10:45 AM to Saturday, March 02, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    February 9, 2013

  • Claudia

    This sounds great.

    February 9, 2013

  • Tom F.

    gonna wait for better weather so i can ride my motorcycle down to meetup place. Jenn - thanx 4 explicit directions!!!!

    February 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello Everyone!

    Thank you for RSVPing for this event. A few things to be aware of: 1) The weather unfortunately will not be as nice as I had originally intended, it is forecasted to be 32 and windy. There may also be some snow on the ground depending on what the weather does today. The entire riverwalk is paved, so no need for hiking footwear - any comfortable shoes will do. 2) The meeting time is 10:45 and we will hit the riverwalk no later than 11:00, so please be prompt to make sure you do not miss the group.

    3) This is a co-event between Open Air Wilmington and Delaware County Hiker Meetup groups and the total RSVP at this time is 16 people. I am figuring on having between 10-15 people attend since there are always some no shows. If you cannot make it, please change your RSVP.


    I think that about covers it! I look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

    Jenn

    February 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The entrance to the park is across from the Wilmington Amtrak station located at 100 S. French St in Wilmington. Unfortunately the Park itself does not have an exact street address. If you put in Tubman-Garrett River Front Park Wilmington, DE into google maps it will show you more specifically where it is. You can also look at "Street View" in Google maps to get an idea of what it looks like.

    February 8, 2013

  • Michael

    Hi Tom,
    Try Rose parks dr.

    February 8, 2013

  • Tom F.

    looking at a google online map, water and south french do not intersect.

    February 8, 2013

  • Tom F.

    can someone tell me what to enter into my GPS to find the meetup locations?

    February 8, 2013

  • Paige D.

    Yeah! A walk in my front yard, perfect! I agree, starting a little later is better...

    February 7, 2013

    • David H.

      Let's make it 10:45 so we'll be underway by 11. I have work that afternoon.

      February 7, 2013

  • Kellie

    I will be there barring my running out of town to celebrate the birth of my first nephew. He's due any minute!!

    1 · February 6, 2013

  • Sharon

    Hi everyone! This would have been right up my alley, but i cannot make the day. I hope you have a great day! I hope to get back at another event.

    February 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Aww too bad, if there is interest I will try and hold this event again in the Spring.

      February 5, 2013

    • David H.

      Sharon, it would be great to see you again!

      February 6, 2013

  • Phil

    Wilmington ... yea!

    February 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Actually I think it might be better to eat at the Riverfront Market - they have a bit of something for everyone: http://www.riverfrontmarketwilm...­

    February 4, 2013

  • David H.

    I'm very intrigued... but can we make it 10:30?

    February 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi David - We could but the only concern is that I don't want the lunch to end up being too early, because I don't think it will take more than an hour to walk the Reiverwalk. So I figured 11:00 AM for the walk and then about noon for Lunch.

      February 4, 2013

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