Parks & Recreation Updates

Posted on: March 27, 2017

Vote To Support Your Favorite Durham Park This Earth Month


This Earth Month, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN, to revitalize parks across the U.S. for the third year, including a park right here in Durham.

Through Meet Me At The Park, an initiative that gives back to these places that shape so much of our lives, one of three local parks will receive a $20,000 grant and Durham residents get to choose which one.
 
Our local parks make Durham a better place to live. Parks are essential to our community’s health and well-being as they provide a safe place to get active, enjoy nature, preserve the environment and bring people together. That’s why from April 1 to April 30 Durham residents will have the opportunity to help one of three park projects receive $20,000 in grant funding to make improvements. The projects are as follows:
  • C.R. Wood Park Improvement Project: This project will connect youth to nature by providing a new bike/walk trail in C.R. Wood Park. It will provide access to sports by making the multi-purpose field more inviting and user friendly. The old backstop and fences will be removed to make the space more open and benches that will be installed around the perimeter of the field to create spectator and participant seating. The space will be used for games, programs, events, and passive play. Along the walk/bike trail, we will install several fitness stops for pull ups, push-ups, sit ups, etc. allowing participants to increase physical activity. You can vote for this project starting April 1 by texting CRWood to 35350.* 
  • Morreene Road Park Bouldering Area and Ga-Ga Pit: This project will add a bouldering area near the existing accessible playground. Bouldering structures challenge a child’s critical thinking skills and creativity as they identify the best route to the top or around. They also help to build balance and coordination because of the whole-body engagement, and spur peer negotiation and support as children work together to conquer the element. In addition to the new climbing element, funds will be used to construct a Ga-Ga pit that will introduce a new form of active play to the park. The game combines dodging, striking, running, and jumping. The object of the game is to be the last person standing. The Ga-Ga pit will be constructed by volunteers, who will also have the opportunity to construct additional benches for the existing areas of the park, such as the basketball courts. You can vote for this project starting April 1 by texting Morreene to 35350.* 
  • Walltown Park Enhancement Project: This project is designed to increase recreation opportunities to the surrounding neighborhood and all residents of Durham. The basketball courts will be resurfaced and the goals will be replaced. New adult fitness equipment will be installed near the playground to give caregivers the opportunity to exercise while supervising children on the playground. Additional horseshoe pits will also be installed to provide another option for passive recreation. Recreation staff will program tournaments for mature adults (including Durham Senior Games), adults, and families that visit the park. You can vote for this project starting April 1 by texting Walltown to 35350.*
By visiting NRPA.org/BeInspired, park supporters can vote daily for their favorite park project. At the end of April, the park project with the most votes will receive grant funding. New this year, everyone who votes will be entered into a drawing for a tablet outfitted for the outdoors.

This Earth Month, show how parks revitalize your community and vote to improve local parks right here in Durham. Encourage your friends to vote too by taking a selfie in your favorite park and using the hashtags #MeetMeAtThePark, #Parkies and #BeInspired.

For more information call 919-560-4355. To vote or for more detailed information about the project visit NRPA.org/BeInspired.

*Message and data rates may apply. Text STOP to 35350 to opt out and to discontinue further participation in the Promotion. Text HELP for information. If you enter via text messaging, you will receive four (4) text messages in response to your entry from an automated system. Consent is not required to buy goods and services. To view the Sponsor's Mobile Privacy Policy, http://www.nrpa.org/About-National-Recreation-and-Park-Association/the-fine-print. To view Mobile Terms and Conditions, visit http://www.helloworld.com/terms.


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