Leah Roedel: First Lady of Parks
Pioneer of Preservation
Fort DuPont State Park
Tucked beneath the northern foot of Reedy Point Bridge, Fort DuPont is one of the last open riverfront areas left in northern New Castle County. Once farmland, the site has been dedicated to defending the Delaware River since 1864.
A Personal Triumph
Leah Roedel campaigned for more than 15 years to make Fort DuPont a state park. In recognition of her unflagging dedication, Leah was invited to sign, as a witness, the document that created Fort DuPont State Park in March of 1992. "Not only must we provide facilities to meet demands for weekend or vacation camping, picnicking, hunting, fishing, or swimming for all our families," she said, "but we should also plan neighborhood parks for daily use and adequate open space to counterbalance land used for industry, housing, and highways."
A true pioneer in preservation, Leah was a major force in the passage of a 1958 bill to purchase public recreation and conservation land. More than 40 years of commitment to the state park system have earned Leah the title of "First Lady of Parks." When she was appointed
In addition to its historic heritage, the area surrounding Fort DuPont is an important natural resource, providing irreplaceable nesting habitat for migratory wading birds and offering an array of recreational opportunities.
Following a succession of fortifications during the Civil War and the Spanish-American War, Fort DuPont became a training base for troops during World War I and housed German prisoners of war during World War II.
Leah believes strongly that human interests should be balanced with preservation of wildlife and natural habitat. "We need to manage our parklands in the best environmental way we can. The wildlife was here before we humans came in."
Erected by Delaware State Parks.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • Parks & Recreational Areas
Location. 39° 34.431′ N, 75° 34.803′ W. Marker is in Delaware City, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is on Wilmington Avenue 0.2 miles north of Exchange Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 93 Wilmington Ave, Delaware City DE 19706, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Post Exchange (approx. ¼ mile away); Parade Grounds (approx. 0.3 miles away); Constructed by First Engineers (approx. 0.3 miles away); Theatre (approx. 0.3 miles away); Post Headquarters (approx. 0.3 miles away); Commanding Officer Quarters (approx. 0.3 miles away); Officers Row (approx. 0.4 miles away); Floated Across The River (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Delaware City.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 1, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 1, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.