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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

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.

News and Information

Campus Hills Pool Closure
Campus Hills Pool will be closed Monday, March 2 – Friday, March 20, 2015 for routine maintenance. Edison Johnson Aquatic Center located at 500 W. Murray Avenue will be open during the closure.

Durham Can Win an Imagination Playground (Vote Daily)
Help DPR win a free Imagination Playground! This awesome playground is a resource that will be used at recreation centers, events, or outdoor programs. All we have to do is have the most votes. Go to the Imagination Playground website, click the “Vote Today” button and fill out the quick voting form. Be sure to enter “Durham Parks and Recreation” as the organization name. Vote daily until March 11! Share the flyer with your neighbors, family and friends.

DPR 2014 Accomplishments Report

Durham Senior Games

Registration is underway This year the age requirement has been lowered from 55 to 50. Residents 50+ can compete. To register complete the DSG application.

American Tobacco Trail (ATT) Between Juliette Drive and Cook Road Temporarily Closed for Pipe Replacement
A section of the American Tobacco Trail (ATT) between Juliette Drive and Cook Road will be closed for renovations until mid March (depending on the weather). The Public Works Department will replace a storm drainage pipe, dating from the time of the original railroad bed that has become compromised over the years. The repair is in an area that makes it impossible to provide a safe pedestrian detour. For information, call (919) 560-4355 or email Rosetta Radtke.

Northgate Dog Park Turf Issues
In an effort to improve the turf issues at Northgate Park, DPR hosted a community meeting on November 1 and created a survey to receive input from the community. Click here for the findings.

Feasibility Study for a Pavilion at the Duke Park Bathhouse
In June 2014, the City of Durham engaged the services of Roughton Nickelson DeLuca Architects PA (RND) to complete a feasibility study. The purpose of the study was to determine the suitability of the site for construction of a new pavilion and to provide opinion of project costs for three schematic designs.

If you want any of the appendices, please just email us a request and we will get them to you. They are large files.  

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. 
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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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