City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 10, No. 39 - Oct. 13, 2017
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A Celebration To Honor A Park Benefactor

Members of the Durham Parks Foundation, Parks and Recreation and the Friends of Wrightwood Park held a celebration last week to honor Mr. Ed Rand, a former resident of the Anderson Street neighborhood, for a substantial contribution made to the Parks Foundation in 2016. The donation funded the refurbishment of the neighborhood ballpark and renovating restrooms. City funding from the Half Penny for Parks Maintenance Fund enabled repaving the driveway and renovating the picnic shelter. More than 100 residents of the neighborhood came out to celebrate the long-time park's rebirth. Mr. Rand recalled his days as a child playing at the park and now many more Durham youth will have a nice place to go and play. Thank you, Mr. Rand.

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Mixed-Use Parking Garage Project Underway
Grading continued this week on the Mixed-Use Parking Garage project off of Morgan Street between Mangum Street and Rigsbee Avenue. The project consists of more than 600 parking spaces and will be wrapped by more than 15,000 square feet of retail space along with office space for the City's parking administration. See the
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Parks and Recreation Releases Aquatics Master Plan

In July 2016, Durham Parks and Recreation commissioned an Aquatic Facilities Master Plan as a follow up to the Swimming Pool Assessment Study that was completed in 2015. The study found that Durham’s aquatic facilities were advanced in age, had condition issues and functional obsolescence. The goal of the plan is to guide the future of aquatic facilities for the City, provide facilities for the entire community, and to determine the specific needs of the community. The report identifies the need for seven new aquatic facilities (three of the existing five facilities will remain). The total cost for the proposed project is $113,440,000 (in 2017 dollars with 10 percent escalation) and does not include the land acquisition.  More 

Eno River Watershed Improvement Plan Meeting Set

Residents who want to learn about the efforts to improve the Eno River Watershed should mark their calendars now to attend a Nov. 2 public information session. Hosted by the Stormwater and GIS Services Division of the Public Works Department, the session will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria at the Durham Public Schools Staff Development Center, 2107 Hillandale Road. The purpose of the meeting is to present the results of fish and aquatic plant studies, share approaches for prioritizing improvement projects, and gather input from residents. Project staff are also gathering input through an online survey which is open now through Nov. 15.  More 

City Hosts ReUse Rodeo, E-Waste Recycling & Paper Shredding Event Oct. 21

Durham residents looking for an easy and free way to recycle electronic waste (e-waste), shred confidential documents, and drop-off of their reusable household goods should attend the ReUse Rodeo, E-Waste Recycling & Paper Shredding Event. The event will be on Oct. 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Durham County Memorial Stadium visitors side parking lot at 750 Stadium Drive. Staff will be on hand to assist with unloading old electronics, paper, clothing, etc.  More

Durham Seeks Neighborhoods for Matching Grant Health Program

Durham neighborhood groups seeking to make their neighborhoods healthier places to live can apply to receive funds for projects through a City grant program. The City’s Neighborhood Improvement Services Department is offering Neighborhood Matching Grants for Health, which provides grants up to $1,500 to neighborhood associations, homeowner associations, community watch groups, and resident groups for projects that benefit residents’ health. Applications are due by Oct. 31. More 

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City Seeks Submissions for Liberty Warehouse Public Art

Local and regional artists are invited to apply to have their work displayed as a new public art project on Durham’s Liberty Warehouse wall. The selected project will be displayed on the wall facing Durham Central Park. From now until Nov. 1, qualified artists or artist teams can submit their qualifications to design, fabricate and install their public art. Full submission guidelines, project details and submission portal are available on the Call for Artists webpageMore

NCWorks Career Center at Briggs Avenue to Temporarily Close for Renovations

The NCWorks Career Center Durham on Briggs Avenue will close at noon on Oct. 19 and remain closed through Oct. 20 for renovations. During this time, the center will be undergoing a $50,000 makeover including new paint, new carpet and new workstations. The center is using Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WOIA) funds for the project, which are passed through the N.C. Division of Workforce Solutions from the U.S. Department of Labor. The NCWorks Career Center will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 23.  More

Police Vs. Seniors Challenge Set

The annual Police vs. Seniors Challenge is set for Oct. 19 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Durham Center for Senior Life at 406 Rigsbee Avenue. Police officers will take part in games and activities with seniors as part of the observance of National Crime Prevention Month.

Durham Architectural Inventory Update Now Underway

Much has changed in the Bull City over the last 35 years, and the memories and stories of residents are needed to help update the city's Architectural and Historic Inventory. The Durham City/County Planning Department and Preservation Durham are collaborating to update this inventory, which was last completed in 1982. The original inventory took a comprehensive look at the history, architecture, and development patterns of Durham and noted more than 900 structures built prior to 1940 along with brief histories of approximately 30 Durham neighborhoods and their patterns of development. More

Parks and Recreation Notes

Mayor Joins Parks Advocacy Campaign

Durham Mayor Bill Bell joined The Trust for Public Land, National Recreation, and Park Association, and Urban Land Institute this week in launching a historic “10-minute walk” parks advocacy campaign, establishing the goal that all Americans and Durham residents should live within a 10-minute walk (or half-mile) of a high-quality park or green space. This bipartisan group includes mayors from all across the country and represents cities large and small. The U.S. Conference of Mayors, which represents more than 1,000 U.S. mayors, also unanimously passed a resolution at the 85th Annual Meeting urging all mayors to actively pursue the 10-minute walk to a park goal.  More 

Every Drop Counts - A weekly snapshot of Durham's water supply status 10/11/17 - Days of Supply: 156 - Reservoir Status: 72.8% - Year round outdoor efficiency requirements are in effect. For information: visit

Conservation At Work and Home

East Main Street Waterline Replacement Project Update

We are nearing the end! Major construction work is complete in the East Main Street corridor. No work is planned for this weekend. Next week, sidewalk/curb replacements and abandonment of existing waterlines on East Main Street between Roxboro and Fayetteville streets, Hood Street, South Elizabeth Street, and Ramseur Street will continue. 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. Pedestrian and driveway access to buildings and facilities will be maintained at all times. 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. No work is planned for this weekend. Next week, Fuller Street will be closed as sewer installation continues. Traffic control signs and markings will be used for all traffic detours. Sidewalk traffic will be disrupted. On-street parking will be closed in work areas. Sewer service disruptions are anticipated. Residents will be notified in advance of any disruption. Corporation Street will be reduced to one lane as water line installation continues. On-street parking will be closed in work areas. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website.

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