Showing posts from March, 2018

Free Programming for Teens with #MyDurham

By: Kelly Miller Marketing Coordinator - My Durham Looking for something fun to do after school? We've got you covered. If you are a teen, ages 13 to 18 years old, join us for an afternoon of activities! From basketball and painting to park clean-ups and job skills training, we have a wide variety of things for you and your friends to enjoy. Every Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at four local recreation centers: I.R Holmes, Sr. Recreation Center  at Campus Hills - 2000 S. Alston Avenue, 919-560-4444 W.D. Hill Recreation Center  - 1308 Fayetteville Street, 919-560-4292 Walltown Park Recreation Center  - 1308 W. Club Boulevard, 919-560-2496 Weaver Street Recreation Center  - 3000 E. Weaver Street, 919-560-4294 Sign Up Today! Teens visiting Frankie's Fun Park! Sign up online OR at the recreation center you are visiting. We'll need some information about you - your name, email, address, and other contact information. Since the program is comple

What has the Athletics Unit been up to lately?

The answer is A LOT! Here's quick peek into the world of Athletics! Athletics completed registration for the adult tennis leagues on January 30th, 2018, with 183 teams across various levels and age groups. This is an increase of 4 teams in this program compared to last year. A “New Captains” meeting for the spring adult league was held on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 at Hollowrock Swim & Racquet Club. There were approximately 43 team captains in attendance. The “Returning Captains” meeting for the spring adult league was held on Thursday, February 15th, 2018 at the Durham Armory. Attendance at this meeting exceeded 100 people. Overall attendance, we had 165 out of 183 teams represented at the two captains meetings. An ice breaker activity kicked off the returning captains meeting. The Durham Girls Soccer League is heading into a great spring season. This season, we have 18 teams, and over 230 girls participating in the league! Practices start on February 26, and

Horseshoes at Walltown

By: Amanda Johnson Recreation Supervisor, Walltown Park Recreation Center In January 2018, the new horseshoe pits at Walltown Park Recreation Center were completed by Danny Blake, Dwight Powell and Floyd Wiggleton. Thanks to all of the staff that assisted with breaking the ground on our Park Clean Up Day in September 2017. All of this was able to be accomplished by Walltown Park Recreation Center by winning the grant from the National Recreation and Park Association along with the Walt Disney Company in July 2017. The horseshoe pits are an extra amenity that Walltown now has to offer to the patrons who stop by and visit. Walltown Park Recreation Center staff will be hosting a horseshoe social to try out the brand new pits and get feedback from the community on events and activities that they would like to see, like a horseshoe tournament. If you're interested in attending, mark your calendar for Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 and/or Saturday, April 28th, 2018 from 9 a.m.

Mature Adults Walk the Red Carpet at DPAC

By: Michael Honeycutt Walltown Park Recreation Center Who knew that deep in the basement of the Durham Performing Arts Center - on cinder block walls - are the signatures and sometimes art work of every performer who has ever been on the DPAC stage? The group of Mature Adults who went on the DPAC Backstage Tour on Monday, February 12 learned all about it and much more. Mature Adults were led into the vast DPAC auditorium where tour leader Jacob Holland talked about seating, sound systems, and how when “The Lion King” is playing at DPAC, whole rows of seats have to be removed or re-configured in order to accommodate the animals processing down the aisles. Then the magic moment arrived, and the Mature Adults stepped out on the DPAC stage and looked out at the 2,700 seats. Here they saw the massive ceiling heights above stage where sets and props are hung and saw the entire wall of hand controlled ropes and pulleys that guarantee every show comes off without a hitch. They also lea

Welcome, to our New DPR Blog!

Welcome to our brand new Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) blog. We'll be posting news, information and updates about Athletics, After School Programs, Recreation Centers, Parks, Playgrounds, Lakes, and more! If you were subscribed to any of our previous blogs, please be aware those will officially come down on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Don’t worry, you can continue to read the same information here! Indian Trail Park Playground More About Us! Durham Parks and Recreation is a nationally accredited agency and in 2017, received the 9th year designation as a Playful City USA. We manage 1,800 acres of parkland, 68 parks, 2 heritage parks, 2 city lakes, 9 recreation centers, 2 indoor pools, 3 outdoor pools, 5 special use facilities, 29 miles of paved trails, and 56 playgrounds. We strive to provide opportunities for the Durham community to Play More: Connecting our whole community to wellness, the outdoors, and lifelong learning. Stay Connected! Whether you’re looking for su