- In 2007 six Wilmington area Rotary Clubs, partnering with Delaware State Parks, developed
the first “Can-Do” playground in the State of Delaware. The playground was constructed in
Alapocas Run State Park. In the three years since it opened, it has been extremely popular,
attracting an estimated 60,000 plus visitors. Anecdotal review has shown that visitors have
traveled up to three hours just to have their children play at this unique playground.
- In 2009, the project leaders from the Northern Delaware Can-Do Playground met with Assistant
Rotary Governor Peggy Anderson to consider expanding the Can-Do Playground effort to lower
- Six Central and Southern Delaware area Rotary clubs of area 4, District 7630 accepted the
challenge of developing a Can-Do Playground at Milford and initiated the project:
- HUB (Harrington, Greenwood, Felton) Centennial Rotary
- Lewes-Rehoboth Rotary
- Milford Rotary
- Milford Mispillion Rotary
- Nanticoke-Seaford Rotary
- Rehoboth Sunrise Rotary
- In 2009 the project team joined with The City of Milford and The Department of Parks and
Recreation, which have provided the land, will complete all site preparation and will
maintain the playground once it is constructed.
- In 2009, The Rotarians organized a board of directors, an advisory board and several
working committees of volunteers who have been designing and developing this project and
engaging in raising funds. David Rutt was chosen as the project leader. At this point,
the committees set about their work in formulating plans.
- In 2010, area residents and the Project team met with Boundless Playgrounds to
conceptualize the wants, dreams and design for the playground.
- In the early part of 2011, the Can-Do Playground at Milford was granted status as a
501c3 charitable organization, ensuring that all donations are tax deductible.
- As of June 5 2012, charitable donations reached the level of $480,203, which represents
60% of the project's goal.
- Groundbreaking ceremony: June 11, 2012
- June, 2013 - Site preparation begins
- September, 2013 - Equipment installation begins
- Fall, 2013 - Donation goal of $850,000 achieved
- December 4, 2013 - Ribbon Cutting - Can-Do Playground opens
- Friday, May 9, 2014 (11am) - Dedication Ceremony