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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.

C.M. Herndon Playground Closed for Improvements
The playground at C.M. Herndon Park, 511 Scott King Rd., will be closed for maintenance beginning June 23. Playground safety surfacing will be removed, a new drainage system will be installed, and new safety surfacing will be installed. For safety, please do not use the playground while this project is underway. The project is expected to be complete within 30 days. Check the website for updates.

Celebrate Park and Recreation Month in July!
July is Park and Recreation Month and Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) would like for you to celebrate with us. We are asking residents to set a new trend in your neighborhood park – what is OUT is IN!

July is a great time to get active and display how much you love parks and recreation by enjoying the great outdoors. From health and wellness to nature to community enjoy the many ways to Play More with DPR. Encourage your family, neighbors and friends to do the same!

Take a moment to like us on Facebook and tell us what you like most about Durham Parks and Recreation. Also, grab your camera and capture the moment. No one can tell a better story about our parks than those who enjoy them. Take a picutre of the many ways that you enjoy recreating at your favorite park and email them to us.

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

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.