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Parks and Recreation Department

                                    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.

September-December 2014:  Printable Version   Online Version

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.

News and Information

Night Fishing Offered at Lake Michie
Lake Michie will open on Saturday, November 7 and 14 from 6 a.m. - midnight for recreational boating and fishing. Due to the extended hours on those days, Lake Michie will be closed on Saturday, November 1 and 8.

Play Area of Forest Hills Park Temporarily Closed
The west side playing area of Forest Hills Park closed for renovation and repair of its turf. The field is being aerated and overseeded with a grass blend, and it will be fenced off for approximately eight weeks – the length of time depending on weather and the growth of the grass. Please respect the “Field Closed” signs and give the new grass a chance to get established in this site.

Twin Lakes Park Temporarily Closed
Twin Lakes Park, 439 Chandler Rd., will be closed for renovations from Monday, October 27 though Friday, November 28. The contractor will be installing a new artificial turf surface on the soccer field.

Northgate Dog Park Community Meeting November 1
Residents are invited to discuss the turf issues at the park and learn about the options for addressing the muddy conditions. 

Cook Road Park Temporarily Closed for Renovations
Cook Road Park, 602 Cook Rd., will be closed to replace the safety surfacing in the playground area. The park will officially close on November 10 and reopen early December. Check the website for updates.  

Documents and General Information
Check Us Out In Durham Magazine
Durham's Master Plan 2013
Going Public: An Assessment of Restroom Facilities
Historic Resources Management Plan
Athletics Blog
Outdoor Recreation Blog
Cultural Heritage Blog

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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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