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W.D. Hill Recreation Center

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W.D. Hill Recreation Center is located on the edge of Hillside Park, a 13-acre park in south Durham. As recorded in Open Durham, an online archive of Durham’s architectural history, Hillside Park has played an important place in the history of Durham.

In 1922, the Whitted school, originally named Hillside Park High School, was built as one of the first schools for African-Americans in a time where racial segregation dominated. On the other end of the park, the Algonquin Tennis Club was an African-American institution where a young Arthur Ashe and a visiting Althea Gibson once played. When the tennis club burned down in the 1960s, the recreation center was built in it’s place.

Today, W.D. Hill is a short bike ride from downtown, and connects to Hillside Park which boasts a futsal court, playground, basketball courts, baseball fields, picnic tables, a shelter, a sprayground and more.