City Manager's Report - Thomas J. Bonfield - Durham City Manager - Volume 11, No. 14 - April 20, 2018

Residents Encouraged to "Go Green" at Durham's Earth Day Festival

Durham residents will receive information on the many ways to “love” the earth and make a global impact at Durham’s 2018 Earth Day Festival. Sponsored by Durham Parks and Recreation in partnership with the Durham Parks Foundation, the festival will be held Sunday from noon – 5 p.m. at Durham Central Park, 501 Foster Street. Participants are encouraged to “go green” by biking, walking, skating, carpooling, and using GoDurham to get to the festival. Members of Durham’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission will sponsor a bike valet near the corner of Hunt Street.  More 

Earth Day in Durham
Earth Day 2018
You will find everything from document shredding to a family fun zone to the Earth Day parade Sunday at Durham Central Park.

City Hosts Electronics Recycling & Paper Shredding Event

Durham residents who want to do a little spring cleaning by recycling electronic devices and shredding confidential documents should come out tomorrow for the Solid Waste Management Department's free electronics (e-waste) recycling and paper shredding event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be at the home side parking area of the Durham County Memorial Stadium, 750 Stadium Drive. Staff will be on hand to assist with unloading old electronics and paper.  More

2018 Golden Leaf Award Winners Honored

Last night, seven projects were honored for excellence in design and preservation of their properties at the 2018 Golden Leaf Awards for Community Appearance. Sponsored by the Durham City-County Appearance Commission, Keep Durham Beautiful, Inc., and the Durham City-County Environmental Affairs Board, eight Golden Leaf Awards were given to seven properties to honor their excellence in design, preservation, and stewardship of the natural and built environment. This year, 26 entries were judged in the following seven categories: Keep Durham Beautiful; Garden & Landscape; Hearth & Home; Adaptive Reuse, Small-Scale Development; Large-Scale Development; and Sustainable Design.  In addition there was also the People’s Choice winner. More 

Durham Youth Commission Seeks Applicants

Durham youth who want a voice in their local government are invited to apply to serve on the Durham Youth Commission. Interested youth are encouraged to download an application and apply to serve a one-year term on the 2018-2019 commission, which consists of 30 members from grades 9-12 chosen by a selection committee. Durham Youth Commission members commit to a one-year term of service; serve on boards and committees as appointed and attend all meetings of those boards and committees; complete 40 hours of community service during their term of service; as well as attend and actively participate in all meetings, service projects, and special events sponsored by the commission. The deadline to apply is April 30. More 

Durham Offers Grants for Businesses Installing Public Art from Local Artists

Local businesses interested in hiring a Durham artist for public art installations on their properties should apply now for a new City of Durham grant program. The City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development and Cultural Advisory Board are seeking applications for the Public Art for Business Grants Program, which funds Durham businesses to commission an artist who lives or works in Durham County to create a publicly visible work of art for their business location, including performance or participatory art. The program will provide matching reimbursable grants up to $1,500 to be awarded through a competitive application process governed by the Cultural Advisory Board. Grant awardees must provide a minimum one-to-one match and completed applications must be submitted by May 11. More

Durham Seeks Public Art Submissions for Black Wall Street Gardens

Local and regional artists are invited to apply for a new public art project to be displayed in the newly renovated Black Wall Street Gardens in downtown Durham. The City's Office of Economic and Workforce Development, in collaboration with the City’s General Services Department and the Durham Cultural Advisory Board’s Public Art Committee, invite qualified North Carolina artists or artist teams to submit qualifications to design, fabricate, and install public art in the newly renovated gardens, a greenspace located at 102 W. Main Street. The submission deadline is May 4. More

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Watch a New CityLife: Ensuring Downtown Durham Growth Is Equitable
While most people would agree that downtown Durham’s revitalization is a good thing, it also requires focused attention to make sure that all of the growth happens in a very deliberate and measured way. In this new CityLife episode, Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with Downtown Durham Inc. President and CEO Nicole Thompson to find out how she and her organization are taking the lead on steering all of this change in a positive and equitable direction.
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Learn About the “3 P’s” As DurhamWorks Goes Behind the Scenes at Water Facility
Ever wondered what happens to what you flush down the toilet? (Advisory: There should only be three things … all beginning with the letter "P".) Or about the fate of the tons of garbage that we throw away every day? The City’s new Public Affairs show, DurhamWorks, puts a humorous twist on answers to questions like these, while introducing you to City employees who work hard every day to serve our residents. In this first episode, Marvin Urias, a Water Management plant maintenance mechanic, takes host and local comedienne Deb Aronin behind the scenes at a local water reclamation facility to show her what it takes to keep Durham’s water safe and clean. Hint: You may never think of corn in the same way again after watching this!
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Light Rail Design Open Houses Set for This Month

Want to learn more about the proposed light rail system between Durham and Chapel Hill? GoTriangle will hold two open house sessions to review what has been learned during recent design workshops. In Durham, there will be a session on April 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Holton Career and Resurce Center at 401 N. Driver Street. On April 24, there will be a session from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Extraordinary Ventures facility at 200 S. Elliott Road in Chapel Hill. Visit the website for information.

Community Resource Unit to Host Annual Safety Workshop April 28  

The Durham Police Department Community Resource Unit (CRU) is holding its annual safety workshop on  April 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan Street. Session topics will include: Police 2 Citizen (P2C), Telephone Response Unit (TRU), Community Crime Map, Bike and Pedestrian Safety, Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) and Police Body Worn Cameras The registration deadline is April 23.  More

Police to Serve Up Summer Fun for Youth

The Durham Police Department is accepting applications for its 2018 summer camps for youth ages 9 to 13. Campers will take daily field trips, and engage in recreational, educational and social activities with police officers and other campers. Hosted by school resource officers of the department’s Community Services Division, the program aims to add structured youth activities to the summer months and to strengthen law enforcement's relationship with participating youth and their families. Camp registrations will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. The enrollment deadline is May 1. More

Parks and Recreation Notes

Vote To Support Your Favorite Durham Park This Earth Month

For the fourth year in a row, the National Recreation and Park Association is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company — including Disney|ABC Television Group, ABC 11 Eyewitness News, and ESPN — to help fund local park improvement projects in 16 U.S. cities through the national “Meet Me at the Park” Earth Month campaign, including a park right here in Durham. Through the “Meet Me at the Park” Earth Month campaign, an initiative that gives back to places that shape so much of our lives, one of three local parks will receive a $20,000 grant and Durham residents get to choose which one.  More 

Vendors Sought for Bimbé

Parks and Recreation is seeking volunteers and vendors (food and non-food) for the Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival. The volunteer and vendor applications are available on-line. Visit to apply. The Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival is on May 19 from noon – 8 p.m., and is free and open to the public. For details, visit or call 919-560-4355.
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Conservation At Work and Home

Durham Joins 7th Annual Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation

April is Earth Month, and water is our planet’s most precious natural resource. Throughout the month, Durham residents are invited to join Mayor Steve Schewel and help the City win the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. The mayor and the City’s Department of Water Management encourage local residents to visit the water pledge website now through April 30, and commit to making simple water-conserving practices, such as turning off the faucet while brushing teeth, shaving, and doing dishes. More

Central Park Waterline Replacement Project Update

The City appreciates your ongoing patience with the work along busy corridors associated with the Central Park Waterline Replacement Project. No work is planned for this weekend. Next week, Foster Street will be reduced to one lane as water line installation continues. On-street parking will be closed in work areas. Residents and business owners will be contacted in advance of any service disruptions. Seminary Avenue will be closed as sewer line installation begins. Sidewalk traffic will be disrupted. Residents and business owners will be contacted in advance of any service disruptions. Periodic one-lane interruptions will occur on Corporation Street between Foster Street and North Duke Street as water services are connected to the new water line. Residents and business owners will be contacted in advance of any service disruptions. Additional information regarding this project can be found on the website.

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