Showing posts from August, 2018

Introducing the new DPR Mascot...Parkson Rex!

Did you know that July was Park and Recreation month? We celebrated A Lifetime of Discovery with our favorite squirrel couple, Earl and Pearl. They have been scurrying throughout the parks and trails of Durham since 1999 as DPR’s mascots. While we have loved their presence at our special events and other programs, Earl and Pearl have decided it’s time to retire. But don’t worry, a new mascot has taken their place...and his name is Parkson Rex! While spending time at a local DPR park, Earl and Pearl found a lonely baby squirrel resting in a tree. They realized the baby squirrel did not have a home and did not have parents to look after it. Without hesitation, Earl and Pearl took the cute baby squirrel in as their own. In search of a name, they reached out to Durham residents to help determine what they should call the baby squirrel and decided on Parkson Rex. Now it’s time for Parkson to take over Earl and Pearl’s legacy and continue the duties of being the DPR mascot. We can’t wait

Pooch Plunge 2018

Humans aren’t the only ones who deserve a nice, cool swim this summer! Join us for the 5th Annual Pooch Plunge at Hillside Pool on September 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event does require registration - either online , at any recreation center or at the event - as well as a small fee to enter ($6 for City Residents and $11 for Non-City Residents). Enjoy a fun-filled day at the pool, along with your best friend on four legs. The outdoor Hillside Pool provides a safe and enclosed environment for you and your dog to swim and play in the water. The pool has a zero entry ramp which allows the not so brave to enter the pool slowly or play and relax where their paws can touch the bottom. The very brave can jump from the sides, and paddle around while chasing toys and enjoying the day. We’ll have beach music playing to set the mood, some toys, treats and drinking water for the dogs as well as human snacks and drinks. There is even a chance we will turn on the sprayground for dogs to r

Grand Opening Celebration of the Petsafe Dog Park located at Duke Park

Raise your paws in excitement! Join us for the Grand Opening Celebration of the PetSafe® Dog Park located at Duke Park, which will be taking place on Thursday, August 23 from 5 p.m until 6:30 p.m. Swing by 1608 Acadia Street, Durham, NC 27701 to see the brand new completed project, funded by PetSafe® and the Durham Parks Foundation. This event is free and open to the public! We will have an official Leash Cutting Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Dogs and their humans are invited to put their paw of approval on Durham's newest Dog Park. We'll also have food trucks on site throughout the event. Please Note: All dogs are welcome, but must have proof of vaccinations to enter the dog park. The PetSafe Dog Park located at Duke Park features 2 separate enclosed areas - a small dog area and a large dog area. Amenities within the dog park include waste bag dispensers and benches. The small dog area is for dogs 15 inches or smaller and/or 30 pounds or under. The large dog area is for dogs

Swing by the Durham Latino Festival 2018

Join us this Saturday, August 11, 2018 as we host the Durham Latino Festival at Rock Quarry Park (701 Stadium Drive) from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. There will be a wide range of festival activities for the entire family to enjoy including live music and entertainment, arts and crafts, ethnic food and a youth soccer tournament. The Main Stage Schedule has a talented lineup of artists that will be performing all throughout the festival. Some of the artists include Caique Vidal & Batuque, Ballet Folklorico Guadalupano and Los Rumeros Star. For a full list of performances, visit our website by clicking here . Seating will not be provided so make sure you bring your own lawn chair and/or a blanket to sit on! Please keep in mind, the following items are NOT allowed at the event: coolers, smoking, alcohol, personal canopies or tents, and pets. But we’d love for you to bring your own Water Bottle! Help reduce waste and fill up your bottle with free water refills from the water truck. In cas