What is the cost to rent the George Wilson Center?

The main hall rental rate is $60 per hour. Our 2023 rate is $65.
The kitchen rental rate is $40 per hour. Our 2023 Rate is $45
Rec Room 1 rental rate is $40 per hour. Our 2023 rate is $45
Rec Room 2 rental rate is $30 per hour. In 2023 we will not longer be renting Rec Room 2.

In recognizing that City of Newark residents support our department through their city taxes, the City offers residents a discounted fee. Non-residents will pay the above fee. If you're unsure about resident status, you may call the Parks and Recreation Department at (302) 366-7000.

View the rental rules and regulations here.

Where is the George Wilson Center located?

The street address is:
303 New London Rd.
Newark, DE 19711

This is not the mailing address. View driving directions here.

What is the capacity?

The GWC holds a maximum of 150 people. Meeting rooms can accommodate 15 - 20 people. 

How do I reserve the GWC?

Reservations can be made in person at the GWC. You will be required to fill out a permit and pay a $50 security deposit. Facility hours vary based on program and rental schedules. Call 302-366-7000 x1047 to schedule an appointment. 

Reservation requests can now be made online at Catalog - Newark Parks & Recreation (rec1.com) Click “Facility and Park Rentals” and scroll down to “George Wilson Center”. You will still be required to pay a $50 security deposit. Requests must be approved by the George Wilson Center Staff and you will receive a confirmation email once approved. No dates are guaranteed. 

What is included in the rental?

GWC staff will be present during the rental and will provide the set up and take down of tables and chairs. Renters are responsible for cleaning up (i.e., leaving the facility as it was when they arrived). We do not have catering, but you are welcome to bring your own food or caterer. Set up and clean up time must be included in the time reserved. Alcohol is not permitted.

What times are available?

This depends on the specific date requested. Call (302) 366-7000 or email for availability.
All rentals must exit the building by 10:30 PM.

Can I reserve the outdoor facilities?

Yes, call (302) 366-7000 or email for availability.

Can I rent the pool?

The pool is available to camp groups on weekdays prior to 12 p.m. It is not available to weekend rental groups. However, rental groups may use the pool during regular hours (10 people for the group maximum at a time).