Rock Quarry

A brown metal bridge is shown as an example for Rock Quarry Park's new entrance.

Project Background

The City of Durham is transforming Rock Quarry Park through landscaping, restoration and creative placemaking initiatives into a destination venue for local festivals and events such as the Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival. The Cultural and Public Art Program will collaborate with Department of Parks & Recreation to commission an artist or artist team to design and fabricate a sculptural public art installation at Rock Quarry Park located at 701 Stadium Drive Durham, NC 27704 as part of park renovations through  Capital Improvement Projects (CIP), funding.  

For the FY 2020-25 CIP, capital projects are funded through impact fees, enterprise funds, grants, the capital project fund, pay-go funding, and debt financings. More information about the CIP process and funding can be found here:

Public Art Specifications

The sculptural public art pieces will be used as a functional public art to hang festival and special event banners, and will require elements to attach the banners.

- Two separate public art pieces will be adjacent to the 12’ ft bridge, for the new park entrance over Ellerbe Creek (example bridge pictured above).
- Public art height: approximately 12-13 ft. Required clear height (10’ minimum) for emergency vehicles.
- Public art base: 3’ feet square concrete footers located on either side of the entry, raised 2’ feet above grade to support sculptural public art element.
- Sealed Engineered Drawing are required.  

Rock Quarry Park Renovations

Rock Quarry Park spans over 46 acres and is home to many festivals and events. The Edison Johnson Recreation Center, Aquatics Center, and Sprayground are all located on the Rock Quarry Park property. In between the recreation center and aquatics center sits a playground, sprayground, picnic tables, and a grill. The purpose of this project is to upgrade the park so that it can better support events, festivals, and daily use. Although DPR hosts annual events at the Rock Quarry Park including the Bimbé Festival, Rock the Park Series, Latino Festival, and Canine Field Day, failing stormwater infrastructure, limited vehicular access, and poor asphalt conditions limit the site's ongoing use as a large-scale festival destination. The project design will address failing stormwater infrastructure, accessibility issues, the addition of new park amenities; a stage platform, an extension trail between the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Trail and the Ellerbee Creek Trail, and a new 12’ wide bridge park entrance over Ellerbee Creek near the National Guard Armory. More information on the park can be found here.

Proposed Timeline

Tuesday, March 9, 2021: Pre-Qualified Artist Registry promotion for Rock Quarry begins
Friday, March 19, 2021: Pre-Qualified Artist Registry closes for Rock Quarry 
Monday, April 12, 2021: Notify Artists of Decision by Artist Selection Panel
Monday, April 26, 2021: Design Development and Community Engagement begins (4 Weeks) 
Friday, May 21, 2021: Design Development and Community Engagement ends 
Monday, June 28, 2021: Fabrication/installation begins based on construction of site 
Friday, July 30, 2021: Completed installation deadline 


Rock Quarry_Location of the public art will be near Stadium Drive by the National Guard Armory

Rock Quarry Park
701 Stadium Dr
Durham, NC 27704

Pictured: The yellow shape is the approximate location for bridge and sculptural public art at a new entrance for Rock Quarry Park.

Artist Selection Process

Artist Selection Process: Pre-Qualified Artist Registry. The deadline to submit to the Pre-Qualified Artist Registry to be eligible to create public art at Rock Quarry Park is Friday, March 19, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST. Apply today!

The Pre-Qualified Artist Registry has a rolling deadline for other upcoming public art projects. 

The City of Durham’s Cultural and Public Art Program invites artists and artist teams to submit portfolios to be selected to join the City of Durham Pre-Qualified Artist Registry. This registry serves as a resource for the program’s selection of artists and artist teams to create City cultural and public art projects. Candidates must either identify as or partner with a professional artist, designer, or fabricator, eligible to work in the United States, and age 18 and older. The City encourages people from diverse backgrounds to apply. Candidates are eligible regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, gender identification, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical ability. All applications must be in digital format and include an artist statement, photos of previous work, a personal resume(s), and references.

Full submission guidelines, project details, and submission portal are available here.


The total maximum budget for this project is $11,000, including engagement, artist-design, fabrication and documentation of the artwork on site.


For information about the public art project, please contact the Cultural & Public Art Program staff here: 

Alexandra Benson
Cultural & Public Arts Program Assistant
Phone: 919-560-4197, ext. 21238

Rebecca Brown
Cultural & Public Arts Program Manager
Phone: 919-560-4197, ext. 21245