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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.

September-December 2014:  Printable Version   Online Version
January-May 2015:  Printable 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

Kwanzaa Celebration
Learn about and celebrate Kwanzaa on Tuesday, December 30 at the Holton Career and Resource Center from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Fun Fitness Week (January 5-11, 2015)
Residents are invited to Play More, get fit and stay healthy with Durham Parks and Recreation during Fun Fitness Week. 
Free Fitness Activities​  

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.  

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 results from the meeting. A summary of the survey results will be provided in the coming weeks.  

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.

Section of the ATT Trail Temporarily Closed  
The ATT Trail between East Cornwallis Road and Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway (between mile marker 3.25 and 3.50) will be closed for repair until early January 2015.

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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