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Parks and Recreation Department

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                                    Play More with DPR!
                                    Durham Parks and Recreation 
                                    provides opportunities for the Durham
                                    community to “Play More.” We strive to
                                    help residents discover, explore and
                                    enjoy life through creative and 
                                    challenging recreational choices that 
                                    contribute to their physical, emotional
                                    and social health.

January-May 2015:  Online Version and Printable Version
June-August 2015: Online Version and Printable Version

2015 Summer Camp                             
DPR Summer Camp programs offer a safe, inclusive environment where all children are encouraged to participate. We are committed to the development of our campers' life skills through group activities, and exposure to diverse athletic and educational experiences.  

Durham Parks and Recreation is guided by the City’s Strategic Plan, and focuses on two of the City’s strategic goals: Thriving and livable neighborhoods and a well-managed city.

Parks Community Build Project
Voting for the Parks Build Community contest is officially closed and the votes are currently being tallied. The winner of the $20,000 grant will be announced by the National Recreation Park Association on May 18. Will it be Sandy Creek Park, Red Maple Park or Holt School Road Park? Click here on May 18 to find out.

News and Information
Rock the Park Concert and Movie Series (June-August)
Various locations, dates and times.

Twin Lakes Park is closed for renovation until the end of October. The City will be making site improvements and replacing the existing restroom building at Twin Lakes Park. The scope of work includes the following:

•  Installation of a prefabricated restroom building and demo/removal of existing building
•  Plumbing and electrical hookups to the prefabricated restroom building
•  Installation of concrete walks in several areas
•  Installation of a concrete retaining wall/seat wall at the field
•  Asphalt paving for parking, for a track around the turf field, and of the basketball court
•  Landscape installation
•  Chain link fencing repair and installation

Trail Between Campus Hills and Cherry Drive Closed
There has been significant erosion of the dam that forms the lake located behind I. R. Holmes Recreation Center at Campus Hills. The lake is being drained to remove the possibility of damage downstream. For safety reasons, the trail between the center and Cherry Drive is now closed, and there is no access to the lake. Administrators are now assessing the situation to come up with possible long-term responses to the situation. Check the website for updates.

Historic Resources Management Plan
Athletics Blog
Outdoor Recreation Blog
Cultural Heritage Blog

Get Involved
Adopt-a-Park, Adopt-a-Trail
Volunteer with DPR

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Program or Facility Closures
Check our website or Facebook page for facility/program closures or updates. Call (919) 560-4636 for weather related closures. 
CAPRA LogoPlayful City USA logo 2014
Durham Parks and Recreation is
a nationally accredited agency
and is recognized by KaBOOM as
a Playful City USA agency in 2014
for the sixth year in a row!

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Rhonda B. Parker, CPRP 
Mailing Address
101 City Hall Plaza
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 560-4355
(919) 560-4021 

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