City of Durham, City Manager's Report, Thomas J. Bonfield, Durham City Manager

July 12, 2019 | Volume 12, No. 22

City of Durham News



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DPAC Closes 18/19 Season with Record Attendance and Sellouts

With a record-high attendance of 536,710 guests and a record-breaking 163 sellout performances, DPAC (Durham Performing Arts Center) celebrated the ending of a highly successful 2018/2019 season. In its 11th year, the theater hit record-breaking attendance levels with an average of 2,249 guests attending each performance. Also during the season, the new DPAC for All program provided over 5,000 discounted tickets for Durham residents. Learn more.

Durham Seeks Cultural Festival Request for Proposals

The City of Durham Cultural and Public Art Program seeks proposals from qualified entities and nonprofits to support planning projects for the enhancement of new or existing cultural and arts festivals. Applications will be accepted through August 2. Learn more.


Learn About Planning Issues With New 'Ask a Planner' Sessions

Want to know more about potential land use changes and public hearing items being heard by the Durham City-County Planning Commission? Now you can do so during monthly ‘Ask a Planner’ sessions. Learn more.

Survey Seeks Input on Durham's ADA Transition Plan

Do you have concerns or suggestions on how the City of Durham can be more accessible for people with disabilities? Share your feedback through July 29 via an online survey available in both English and Spanish. Learn more.

Durham Hosts LaSalle Street Proposed Sidewalk Facilities Meeting

If you live, work, or travel along LaSalle Street, you’ll want to mark your calendar for the July 23 drop-in style meeting to share and discuss sidewalk facility designs for this busy roadway. Learn more.

Photo Highlight


Participants in the Durham Police Department Explorers program get ready to board a bus and head to Pilot Mountain

Touch-A-Truck and First Responder Night at Durham Bulls

This Sunday, July 14, meet and learn about Durham's first responders, including members of the Durham Fire and Police Departments. Children of all ages can touch and explore more than 15 public safety vehicles while they learn about the employees who operate them. Stick around for the Bulls game which starts at 5:05. Learn more.

Upcoming Events


Last Chance to Register Your Event for National Night Out 2019

Register with the Police Department by Friday, July 12

Neighborhoods, agencies, and businesses are encouraged to support the celebration by organizing or sponsoring a National Night Out event or promotion on Tuesday, August 6. Learn more.

Community Engagement Meeting: Black Wall Street Gardens Public Art 

Saturday, July 13, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Black Wall Street Gardens, 102 E. Main St.

Parrish Street business owners and community members are invited to share their stories and experiences in the West End Community. The feedback will assist artists Stephen Hayes and David Wilson in their final design for the Black Wall Street Gardens Public Art Enhancements. Learn more.

Willard Street Apartments Groundbreaking Ceremony

Tuesday, July 16, 911 a.m.
Durham Station Transportation Center, 515 W. Pettigrew St.

DHIC, Self-Help, and the City of Durham invite you to the groundbreaking ceremony for the Willard Street Apartments, an apartment community that will offer 82 homes for those with modest incomes. Help us celebrate this important step in the development of a wide range of housing options in Durham. Learn more.


Durham is Game On for Park and Recreation Month This July

Various dates and locations throughout the month of July
Join Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) for a month full of special events and opportunities to get involved and get active at local parks and recreation centers. The month-long celebration aims to highlight the important role that parks and recreation programs play in conservation, health and wellness, social equity, and community engagement. Learn more.

Now Showing On Durham Television Network


New City Life Episode: Durham 150 Honors Commission Shares Its Work

Twenty-nine people who’ve made a lasting impact on our city and the world around them are being honored as part of Durham’s 150th anniversary this year. In this new City Life episode, Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with Durham 150 Honors Commission Co-Chair Joseph Blocher and Commission Member Andre Vann to talk about how the honorees were selected and what some of the suggestions are on how they will be remembered.
Host Beverly B. Thompson at table with Durham 150 Honors Commission Co-Chair Joseph Blocher and Commission Member Andre Vann

Stay Current with Our Durham-Focused Shows

The Durham Television Network produces four shows to help keep residents informed.

Follow the City of Durham YouTube channel to see the latest episodes, or watch on Spectrum channel 8, Google Fiber Channel 8, AT&T U-verse channel 99, and Frontier channel 70.

Durham Water Works For You


Buchanan Boulevard Waterline Replacement Project Update

The City's Water Management Department appreciates your ongoing patience with the work along the busy corridors associated with this project. Find additional details and updates online.


Week of July 15:

  • Durham Freeway (NC-147) will have overnight road closures at the Chapel Hill Street bridge to accommodate utility work.
  • W. Chapel Hill Street will have temporary lane shifts and closures near the Durham Freeway bridge to accommodate utility work.
  • Shepherd Street will have traffic lane and sidewalk closures between W. Chapel Hill Street and Jackson Street to accommodate waterline installation and pavement repairs.
  • Buchanan Boulevard will have southbound lane closures between W. Main Street and W. Chapel Hill Street.
  • Isolated lane closures and shifts lasting several hours will be required in the project area to accommodate sanitary sewer investigations and rehabilitation.
  • No work will take place on Saturday or Sunday.

Central Park Waterline Replacement Project Update

The City's Water Management Department appreciates your ongoing patience with the work along the busy corridors associated with this project. Find additional details and updates online.

Week of July 15:

  • Madison Avenue will be closed as sanitary sewer work continues.
  • Northwood Circle will be closed as sanitary sewer work continues.
  • Geer Street will be temporarily reduced to one lane as water line work continues.
  • Washington Street between Trinity Avenue and W. Corporation Street will be temporarily reduced to one lane as water line work continues.
  • No work is scheduled for this weekend. 
Water tip of the week: Are you overwatering? Use the City’s utilities customer portal and compare your most recent water bill with a winter bill. This will help you get a better idea of how much extra water you are using outdoors.

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Durham Information Network is the communications umbrella for information about the City, and its events and activities. Follow our channels to stay engaged and informed, including Durham Television Network, the City Manager’s Report and the Citizens’ Newsletter.


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We’re excited to share that ICMA - International City/County Management Association has recognized us for our data-driven management & reporting efforts with their Certificate of Excellence in Performance Management

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  • Call 919-560-1200
  • Use the One Call App 24/7
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