Playgrounds

Indian Trail Park PlaygroundDPR manages 57 playgrounds throughout the City! Playgrounds provide a safe place for children to play, connect, and learn. 

Playground Safety Tips


Please follow these guidelines to ensure safe play:
  • Adult supervision is recommended. Active supervision can prevent playground injuries.
  • Choose play equipment that is appropriate for the child’s age. Follow posted signs indicating appropriate age.
  • Check the area for hazards before allowing children to play, i.e. broken equipment, broken glass, trip hazards. If you find a hazard, please do not allow your child to play near or around it. Please report any hazards to Michelle Burger, 919-560-4355, ext. 27212.
  • Remove helmets before playing on playground. Avoid wearing scarves, drawstrings, or other types of clothing that could get caught on equipment and become a strangulation hazard.
  • Check to make sure equipment isn’t too hot! Play equipment that is in the sun can get very hot.
  • Keep small children from putting pieces of playground mulch into their mouths.
  • As with visiting any public spaces, wash hands after playing on the playground, and especially before eating.

Playground Replacements


Northgate Park
A new swing set will be added to Northgate Park, which currently only has toddler swings. The small toddler playground was replaced in early October with a similar structure for ages 2-5.

Edgemont Park

The playground at Edgemont Park will be replaced in fall 2017. This project will expand the playground to double the current size, and will also add adult/teen outdoor fitness equipment. The new playground will be more interactive, and easier to see from the front of the park. It will continue to serve children ages 5-12.

Edgemont Park Playground - Before Replacement

Edgemont Playground - Before replacement

Edgemont Park Playground - Rendering

Edgemont Park Playground - Rendering

Elmira Avenue Park
The aged, basic playground at Elmira Avenue Park will be replaced this fall with new, colorful, more interactive equipment.

Elmira Avenue Park Playground - Before Replacement

Elmira Ave Playground - Before replacement

Elmira Avenue Park Playground - Rendering

Elmira Ave Park - Rendering


Playground Closures and Repairs

White Oak Park Playground Closed
Play equipment will be removed from White Oak Park. The playground has been closed since August 2016 due to safety concerns. Continuous flooding and erosion of the land near the playground has made this location unsuitable for replacement of the equipment. Residents are encouraged to visit nearby playgrounds at Rockwood Park and Hillside Park.

Playground Features

Park Recommended Age for Play Structures Swings - Standard Swings - Toddler (Bucket Swing) Special Features
American Village Park 2-12 Yes Yes Sand pit
Bay-Hargrove Park 2-12 Yes Yes  
Bethesda Park* 2-12 Yes No Tire swing, boulder
Burch Avenue Park* 2-12 Yes Yes Shaded
Burton Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes  
C.M. Herndon Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes No  
C.R. Woods Park 2-12 Yes Yes  
Campus Hills Park 2-5, 5-12 No No  
Cook Road Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes  
Cornwallis Road Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes  
Crest Street Park 5-12 Yes No  
Drew/Granby Park 2-12 Yes Yes  
Duke Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes  
Durham Central Park 5-12 No No Skate park
East Durham Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes  
East End Park 5-12 No No Sprayground (seasonal)
Edgemont Park 5-12 Yes No  
Elmira Avenue Park 5-12 No No  
Forest Hills Park 5-12 Yes Yes Sprayground (seasonal)
Garrett Road Park 5-12 No No Tire swing
Grant Park (North) 2-5 No No  
Hillside Park 5-12 No No  
Holt School Road Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes Shaded, Nature Trail
Indian Trail Park 2-5, 5-12 No No Shaded, Fitness Trail
Lakeview Park 2-5 No No  
Long Meadow Park 5-12 Yes Yes  
Lyon Park 5-12 Yes Yes  
Maplewood Park* 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes  
Morreene Road Park* 2-12 Yes Yes Accessible playground
Northgate Park 2-5, 5-12 Coming soon! Yes  
Oakwood Park 2-5, 5-12 No No Tire swing
Old Chapel Hill Road Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes  
Old Farm Road Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes  
Old North Durham Park 5-12 No No  
Orchard Park 2-12 Yes Yes  
Oval Drive Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes  
Piney Wood Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes  
Red Maple Park 5-12 Yes No  
River Forest Park 5-12 Yes No  
Rock Quarry Park (at Edison Johnson Recreation Center) 5-12 Yes No Sprayground (seasonal)
Rockwood Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes  
Rocky Creek Park 2-5 Yes Yes Shaded
Shady Oaks Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes  
Sherwood Park* 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes  
Solite Park 5-12 Yes Yes  
Trinity Park* 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes  
Twin Lakes Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes  
Unity Village Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes No  
Valley Springs Park 2-5, 5-12 No No  
W.D. Hill*  5-12 No No  
Walltown Park* 2-5, 5-12 No No Tire swing
Weaver Street Park* 5-12 Yes No  
Westover Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes Boulder
Whippoorwill Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes  
Wrightwood Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes  

*park is surrounded by a fence