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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, 11 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.

Celebrate Park and Recreation Month in July!
Durham Parks and Recreation provides opportunities for our community to Play More, and no one can tell a better story about our parks than those who enjoy them. Grab your camera and capture the many ways that you enjoy recreating at your favorite park and email them to

Your photos may be featured in our Play More Magazine or posted on Facebook. A photo release form​ must accompany all photo submissions.

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.