I would urge readers to disregard some of the older posts for Rodney Square, as the entire block has recently received major improvements that took over 2 years to complete!
Since the early 20th century, Rodney Square has been considered the center of Delaware’s largest city, and until recently was surrounded by some of the most significant cultural and civic institutions: the court house, the public library, the post office, and the Hotel DuPont. The square was also a transportation hub, serving as the transfer point for all buses going through Wilmington. Fortunately there is a new transit center, and there are no longer bus stops at the square.
The complete overhaul of the park portion of Rodney Square was completed this past summer, and it looks terrific. There is all new grass, landscaping, and attractive hardscaping, which includes a ground-level fountain. Although there are pocket parks throughout center city, Rodney Square is once again the primary green space, and is a welcoming spot for residents, downtown workers, and visitors.
It’s also the home to festivals, concerts, farmers’ markets, and community events, and often is the best spot to watch a parade!
As a native Delawarean, I continue to be saddened by the removal of the statue of the eponymous Caesar Rodney, one of the most recognizable symbols of our state. While I recognize the reasons it was removed in 2020, I am hopeful for intelligent and informed dialogue about the sculpture’s possible return to its inscribed stone base, which remains at the top of the square.