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Parks, Trails, Lakes, and Facilities


Durham Parks and Recreation maintains nearly 1,800 acres of public parks, more than 20 miles of trails and greenways, seven recreation centers, two indoor pools, three outdoor pools (open seasonally), and various rental facilities for special events and gatherings.

Durham has great places to play! The city's parks serve as sites for many of Durham Parks and Recreation's athletic leagues, activities, and concerts. More than 60 parks are available for public use with more planned for future development. Hunting is not allowed in city parks or lakes.

For information on park development, contact the assistant director of park planning and education.

Play Area of Forest Hills Park Temporarily Closed
The west side playing area of Forest Hills Park is 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 Monday, October 27, through, Friday, November 28.  The contractor will be installing a new artificial turf surface on the soccer field.

Lyon Park Ball Field Lights Removed

Report Injury or Illness
Customers and residents are encouraged to immediately report any injury or illness received as a result of participation in leisure services provided by or at City of Durham Parks and Recreation facilities, parks and trails. Please call (919) 560-4355 to file an accident report.

If you see illegal activity in any park at any time, contact the police by dialing 911.

Click on a link in the right column for more detailed park and facility information.