INFORMATION

Blue Ball Dairy Barn is Now Accepting Reservations

The anticipated opening of the Blue Ball Dairy Barn is scheduled for next spring. Reservations are being accepted for events scheduled after March 1st. For more information, or to reserve the Barn for your event, contact Delaware State Parks Special Events Office at 302-761-6952 or e-mail Susan Staats

Front view of the completed Blue Ball Dairy Barn.
Front view of the completed Blue Ball Dairy Barn.

The renovations of the Blue Ball Dairy Barn began in the spring of 2004 and it is now open to the public. The conceptual plan envisioned a special exhibit space dedicated to the agricultural history of the Blue Ball Properties and reflecting the rural background of the area. A new addition provides catering facilities and an elevator, which will permit easy access to all areas of the barn.

Site improvements include a stone-paved entry courtyard, vehicle drop-off area, and 50-car paved parking area with 100 overflow parking spaces on the lawn.

Front view of the Barn's former condition.
Front view of the Barn's former condition.

Two landscaped outdoor areas were planned. A large public lawn immediately to the south of the barn will be maintained for community gatherings and for the informal enjoyment of members of the public. A garden was also planned for north of the building, a site that many remember as the kitchen garden for the barn. This garden area will be designed with the help of an artist, who will explore possibilities for paving, site furnishings, wall treatment of the screen wall, and interactive educational elements including historical references.

Rendering of completed Blue Ball Dairy Barn (Rear view).
Rendering of completed Blue Ball Dairy Barn (Rear view). Illustrated above planned is a walled courtyard, an information kiosk, wide walkways, lighting, and attractive landscaping are among the amenities planned for the barn's exterior.

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The re-use of the historic Blue Ball Dairy Barn, already an environmentally friendly idea, can be made even better by achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The re-use of the historic Blue Ball Dairy Barn, already an environmentally friendly idea, can be made even better by achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. LEED is a voluntary standard for developing environmentally friendly or "green" buildings and land use developments. It was created to define "green building" by establishing a common standard of measurement, promote integrated, whole-building design practices, recognize environmental leadership in the building industry, stimulate green competition, and raise consumer awareness of green building benefits.

DNREC is applying for the LEED certification, and expects that the Blue Ball Dairy Barn will likely achieve a SILVER or GOLD rating. The LEED rating is based on sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection for buildings, and indoor environmental quality.

In order to achieve LEED certification, a few necessary changes must be made to the Blue Ball Dairy Barn to meet minimum energy efficiency performance standards. Changes include using a displacement ventilation system in the Barn, adding exterior solar shading to the New Addition, and using high performance energy recovery mechanical units.

Find out more about LEED certification.

Blue Ball Dairy Barn Conceptual Plan