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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
Due to street construction, the Cleveland street entrance to the DPR administration building parking lot will be closed until further notice. Please access the administration parking lot from the N. Roxboro Street entrance. 

Durham Aquatics School (Registration deadline: March 24)
During March, Durham Parks and Recreation will give teens the opportunity to learn lifesaving skills and train for a job at the same time. Interested teens ages 16-19 can participate in Durham Aquatics School and become a certified American Red Cross Lifeguard. Learn more​.

Trail Between Campus Hills and Cherry Drive Closed
Recently there was significant erosion of the dam that forms the lake located behind I. R. Holmes Recreation Center at Campus Hills. The lake is being drained to remove the possibility of damage downstream. For safety reasons, the trail between the Center and Cherry Drive is now closed, and there is no access to the lake. Administrators are now assessing the situation to come up with possible long-term responses to the situation. Check the website for updates.

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.

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.  

DPR 2014 Accomplishments Report
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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