April 7-8, 2012 -- A weekend in Wilmington, Delaware reveals why Vice President Joe Biden took the train up from Washington every day for 36 years (last year Wilmington's Amtrak station was named for Biden, who was instrumental in securing funding for the rail station's renovation). The city and the state provide citizens with well-planned outdoor recreational areas to enjoy nature.
The Northern Delaware section of the East Coast Greenway runs right through the heart of Wilmington and is frequented by walkers, joggers and bicyclists. The East Coast Greenway is a project to create a nearly 3,000 mile urban path to connect major cities along the Eastern Seaboard from Maine to Florida. So far, 25 percent of the trail is complete.
Brandywine Park is a spectacular recreational area running along the Brandywine River. The historic park was inspired by Frederick Law Olmstead's design of Central Park in Manhattan. Olmstead was even involved in the early planning stages of Brandywine and his influence is felt at the park. Brandywine, which also houses the city's zoo, hasn't changed much since the late 1800s and that is a good thing. There is a timeless quality to the park and the old bridges, fountains and stone structures reminds one of the faded glory of this area. Just as at the turn of the 20th Century, Brandywine today is a popular spot to escape Wilmington's urban 21st century life and reflect on the wondrous nature of this special place.
Here are more photos from the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail and Brandywine Park.