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Parks & Recreation Division

Kent County Recreation Center

1683 New Burton Road, Dover, DE 19904

(302) 744-2495 Fax: (302) 744-9681

General Office Email:    ParksRec@co.kent.de.us 


Office Hours: 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.  Mon. - Fri.

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Park Closure Public Notice:


Big Oak County Park, Smyrna, will be closed on Saturday, November 3, 2018 for Delaware Aerospace Education Foundation’s (DASEF) “The Great Pumpkin Food Truck Battle”, a special event to be held on park grounds.


The park will reopen on Sunday, November 4th, 2018 as normal.


Information on The Great Pumpkin Food Truck Battle can be found http://dasef.org and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/306819853246802/ .


Fall 2018 Activity Brochure Available for Registration


Monday, August 6, 2018 - - - The Kent County Levy Court Newsletter and Parks & Recreation Activity Brochure was mailed on Friday. Registration (in-house and online) began at 8 a.m. today. Use the link on the left to register online, or print a registration form for mail-in or drop off registration at the Kent Count Parks and Recreation office located at the Kent County Recreation Center on New Burton Rd, Dover.


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Parks and Recreation Operating New Online Registration System


Now Available: all online registration users will be directed to our new online catalog hosted by CivicRec (Rec1.com).


This new system will require all users to create a NEW ACCOUNT before registering for Kent County Parks and Recreation programs. (Your old account with Maximum Solutions, will no longer be available) 


New account set up is fast and easy, and you can even sign up using your Facebook or Google Plus profile.




You'll notice a vastly different online catalog. Programs will be ordered by program type (e.g. arts/crafts, bus trips, educational, martial arts, sports instruction, etc.) and you have the ability to filter our offerings based on your personal preferences.


Make sure when creating your account to include all your family members too! The catalog can tell you who in your family is "eligible" to register for each program. 


We look forward to better serving our public with this new, intuitive online registration system.





Registration fees for recreation programs/activities must be paid in advance and shall be refunded in full to the payer of record if the County cancels the program/activity. If a participant cancels his/her participation in a program at least five (5) days prior to the first scheduled day, a full refund shall be paid less a  5 processing fee pursuant to County ordinance. Refunds will not be given for any  other reason.


Rec Center Weekly Activity Schedules for:


*Evening Adult Drop-In Basketball is CANCELLED until Further Notice*


*ALL Weekend Drop-In Basketball (Adult/Youth) is CANCELLED until Further Notice*


November 11 - Novermber 18, 2018

Novermber 5 - November 11, 2018

October 29 - November 4, 2018




 Drop-In Punch Card Notice


Special Events


Safe Summer Day Flyer

Earthday 2018

Kent County Facilities Available for Exclusive Use


Exclusive use of outdoor athletic fields and indoor courts at the new Recreation Center is offered at Kent County Parks and Recreation. Exclusive use affords teams, groups, or individuals, the ability to definitively schedule an event, game, or tournament.. A monetary fee and security deposit must be submitted with an application for field rental for it to be processed. 


Procedures for Applying for Rentals and Concessions Permit


  • Fill out application for rental (link on the left)
  • Submit with payment (rental fee + security deposit) to P&R Office, preferably by separate checks.
  • Requested date(s) must be inside three (3) months out and no sooner than 15 days before to be processed.
  • If concessions are requested, applicant must submit Vending/Concession Permit Application with Rental Application, there is no added fee for this application.
  • Parks and Recreation Director will authorize permits (Director of Community Service if absent or unable) and notify applicant of acceptance or rejection.
  • Please bring a hard copy of your permit to your scheduled event(s), even if it is multiple days.

Park Facility Chart

Brecknock Browns Branch Big Oak Lebanon Landing Tidbury Creek
Public Restroom   
Nature Trail    
Walking Trail    
Sand Volleyball      
Softball Fields    
Multi-Purpose Fields      
Picnic Area
Outdoor Grill  
Nature Center          
Fitness Area        
Bike Rack
Field Rentals    
Fishing Pond          
Dog Park        
Fishing Pier        
Boating Ramp        



Kent County Park Map 


Kent County Park Trail Distances


Brecknock Loop - 0.9 miles
Brecknock Nature Extention (Park to W.B. Simpson Elementary) - 0.8 miles


Tidbury Creek Loop - 0.5 miles


Big Oak Park Loop - 1.1 miles


Browns Branch Nature Trail - 0.3 miles
Browns Branch Boundary Loop - 1.1 miles


St. Jones Greenway
- Capital City Segment (Silver Lake to Winner Ford) - 1.5 miles
- Issac Branch Phase 1 Segment (Winner Ford to Capital Park) 1.4 miles
- Issac Branch Phase 2 Segment (Capitol Park to Route 10 Trailhead) - 1.2 miles

Kent County Parks and Recreation is a division of the Community Service department of Kent County Levy Court.



Jeremy Sheppard - Director of Community Services

Michael Rigby - Assistant Director Parks and Recreation


Office Staff

Angela Short - Office Manager

Roxanne Parsons - Clerk


Programming Staff

Brent Mollohan - Recreation Supervisor

Jonathan Stewart - Recreation Supervisor

Joseph Paugh - Recreation Supervisor

Kaitlyn Schech - Recreation Supervisor

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