2017 marks 50 years since Delaware Seashore became a state park and park staff are excited to celebrate this milestone with a series of celebrations, as well as the creation of a new Delaware Seashore State Park Family Scrapbook.
The 50th anniversary celebrations will kick off with a “Celebrate Fishing” event on May 13. Park staff will be teaming up with Old Inlet Bait & Tackle’s Spring Surf Fishing Tournament to celebrate 50 years of fishing in the park. At both the Friday registration table and the Saturday awards ceremony, park staff will have a park history exhibit on display for both tournament participants and park visitors. “We will be there to talk about the park’s history, answer questions about how we became a state park, and hopefully get to hear some great memories and stories from those people that have been fishing in our park for generations”, explained Laura Scharle, the park’s Interpretive Programs Manager. “We also encourage visitors to bring their own family photos of spending time in the park to share with us. We absolutely love seeing vintage photos of the park!”
After the “Celebrate Fishing” event in May, park staff will be hosting a “Celebrate the Beach” event on Saturday, July 8, in conjunction with the annual Sandcastle Contest. On Saturday August 26, park visitors will have the opportunity to “Celebrate the Bay” during a paddling event, and on Saturday, September 23, there will be a “Celebrate the Inlet” event, complete with a beach bonfire, guided night hikes of the bridges, and an exclusive opportunity to camp directly on the beach. For details, check out destateparks.com/DSSP50th.
In addition to the four Celebrations, park staff will also be compiling the Delaware Seashore State Park “Family Scrapbook. Scharle explains that “this is where we need the help from our visitors. We’re asking anyone that has old family photos of the park to share them with us. We know there are some real gems sitting in a shoebox in someone’s attic right now and we’d love to see them. We’re not looking for professional photos or pictures you snapped last week. We are seeking pictures from decades ago.” Submitted photos will be compiled in a digital family scrapbook that will be featured online towards the end of the year. Some of the photos may even be used for future park history exhibits and presentations. To submit photos, visitdestateparks.com/DSSP50th or send a private message to facebook.com/
For more information about upcoming 50th anniversary events or the state park’s family scrapbook, call (302) 227-6991.