delano park

At 130+ years old, the park is recognized as a designed historic landscape and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Donations will be used toward the preservation, enhancement & maintenance of Delano Park.


At 130 years old, Delano Park is considered the wild, emerald jewel in the heart of Decatur’s historic downtown. The park is truly a 28 acre oasis where visitors can stroll, exercise, play, or dream surrounded by legacy trees and amazing horticulture. Art is at the heart of Delano Park from its landscape design to its sculpture and architecture. Delano is a park for pleasure and learning, relaxing yet filled with ideas to inspire you.

Come to Delano Park and step into another world. Listen to the birdsong and the laughter of other visitors transformed by the beauty of this peaceful park in the middle of a busy city. Enjoy a healthful walk or a picnic with family and friends. Learn Decatur’s fascinating story and help us preserve the legacy of Alabama’s Emerald Jewel.

Park Assets

  • **Historic WPA-era structures (bandstand, bathhouse, Rose Garden wall and columns, Ft. Decatur, Girl Scout Little House)
  • **History (oldest existing city park designed and laid out in 1887 by renowned New York landscape architect Nathan Franklin Barrett and listed on National Register of Historic Places)
  • Measured one-mile walking/running trail
  • Lighted tennis courts (4)
  • Picnic pavilions (2)
  • Outdoor basketball court
  • **Ft. Decatur Recreation Center (indoor basketball court and conference room)
  • *Historic Rose Garden
  • *Riverwild Garden
  • *Riverwild Playground
  • *Riverwild Splashpad
  • **Art
  • *Trail of History
  • **Tree canopy and native plants (potential arboretum)

**partially accessbible