City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 25, July 7, 2017

“Get Your Play On” with Durham Parks and Recreation

This July, residents can discover the power of play in Durham as we celebrate Park and Recreation Month. Summer is here and it’s time to “Get Your Play On.” Park and Recreation Month is a National Recreation and Park Association initiative designed to encourage residents to take advantage of the park and recreation programs and activities available in local communities throughout the country.   More

Mayor Bill Bell with Parks and Recreation mascots Earl and Pearl.
"Get Your Play On"
Mayor Bill Bell joins Parks and Recreation mascots Earl and Pearl to kick-off the observance of July as Park and Recreation Month.
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Mayor To Host Landlord Roundtable

Mayor Bill Bell will host the 2017 Mayor's Landlord Roundtable on July 11 to discuss housing vouchers and affordable housing in Durham. The event organized by the Unlocking Doors Initiative, a partnership working toward affordable housing in Durham, will begin at 10 a.m. at the Temple Building, 302 West Main Street.  More 

Durham Managing Urban Forest by Removing Street Trees in Declining Health

Over the next six months neighborhoods throughout Durham will see street trees in declining health removed as the City works to proactively manage its urban forest. The City’s General Services Department has contracted with Baxley Corporation to remove approximately 40 street trees scattered throughout neighborhoods in Durham. These trees were selected for removal due to a combination of condition, size and location factors as well as their particular susceptibility to decay, insects, diseases and severe weather.  More 

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It’s something that affects you each month – your water and sewer bill. Since it’s something you have to pay, many of you have asked for a better way to pay it. In this
episode, CityLife sits down with our Water Management and Finance Departments to talk about new options to pay your bill. In the second half of CityLife, Durham Parks and Recreation shares more about the ways they have made it easier for youth and teens to play more this summer. Watch the show.

Durham Seeks Neighborhoods for Matching Grants

Durham neighborhood groups seeking to make their community a better place to live, work, play, and shop can now apply for the next round of City grant funding for neighborhood improvement projects. The City’s Neighborhood Improvement Services Department is seeking applications for its Neighborhood Matching Grants Program, which provides grants up to $2,500 to neighborhood associations, homeowner associations, community watch groups, and resident groups for projects that benefit a neighborhood’s quality of life.  More 

America’s Night Out Against Crime Set For Aug. 1

Today is the deadline to register your group for Durham’s observance of National Night Out (NNO), America’s Night Out Against Crime on Aug. 1. Neighborhoods, agencies and businesses are encouraged to support the celebration by organizing or sponsoring a NNO event or promotion. The evening of Aug. 1 residents are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and law enforcement and public safety partners. Neighborhoods typically host events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, flashlight walks, contests, youth activities and anti-crime campaigns.  More

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Parks and Recreation Notes

Rock The Park

Parks and Recreation again offers a summer series including concerts and movies in a beautiful setting, Durham's parks. The festivities continue tomorrow at 6 p.m. when Reggae artist Sahara performs at Forest Hills Park, 1639 University Drive. Visit the Rock The Park web page for information on all the shows

Snow Hill Road Park Master Plan Meeting

Durham Parks and Recreation will host a public meeting on July 11 to solicit input on the development of the Snow Hill Road Park Master Plan. Residents are welcome to attend the meeting that will be held at the park soccer field at 619 Snow Hill Road anytime between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  More 

Durham To Host Latino Fiesta and Soccer Challenge

Durham Parks and Recreation will host its Second Annual Latino Fiesta and Soccer Challenge on Sept. 23 in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month. The event is free and will be held at Rock Quarry Park , 701 Stadium Drive, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Participants will enjoy music, authentic foods, celebrate Hispanic traditions and learn about the health, education and community resources available in Durham and the surrounding area. Children can participate in hands-on activities and create Hispanic inspired crafts.  More 

Portions of Third Fork Creek Trail Remain Closed

Parts of Third Fork Creek Trail will remain closed through Aug. 31.  Several sections of trail are being replaced and parts of the trail are being restored.  For safety reasons, trail users should respect the closure signs and not use the closed sections of the trail. Construction work will restore Third Fork Creek between Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway and Cardinal Drive.  More  

Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 7/5/2017 - Days of Supply: 226 - Reservoir Status: 100% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. For information: visit

Conservation At Work and Home

East Main Street Waterline Replacement Project Update

As minor touch-up and restorative work is finalized in the Downtown Loop, further improvements to the City’s waterline infrastructure will continue along the East Main Street corridor. No work is planned for this weekend. Next week, existing waterline abandonment continues on East Main Street between Roxboro and Fayetteville streets, Hood Street, South Elizabeth Street, and Ramseur Street. Lane shifts and flaggers will be used to maintain traffic at isolated locations in the project area. Through traffic on East Main Street will be maintained. Noise levels in excess of the current City noise ordinance are anticipated during work hours. Pedestrian and driveway access to buildings / facilities will be maintained at all times. Stormwater installation along Ramseur Street between Dillard and Hood streets will continue. Lane closures and detours will be used to maintain traffic at stormwater crossing locations at Hood and South Elizabeth streets. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website.

Central Park Waterline Replacement Project Update

The City appreciates your ongoing patience with the work along the busy corridors associated with the Central Park Waterline Replacement Project.  Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website. Next week, Fernway Avenue will be reduced to one lane as waterline installation continues. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. On-street parking will be closed in work areas. Planned work hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. No water or sewer service disruptions are anticipated.

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