Showing posts from February, 2021

Coming this March: Bitty Baseball, Virtual Canvas Creations & MixxedFit

Don't miss out on all the DPR happenings this month! From Egg Hunts and MixxedFit to Drumming Class and Virtual Trivia, March is full of fun for all ages, with programs held both in person and virtually! Here's your monthly go-to guide highlighting what to mark on your calendar and make sure you're in attendance. For the most up-to-date information about our programs, make sure you regularly check  ActiveNet  as well as the calendar on our website! MAR 1 MixxedFit : Get ready to move and groove while burning calories! This fitness class is a people-inspired dance class that is a mix of explosive dancing and boot camp toning. MAR 4 Virtual Line Dancing Club : Join us for an hour of music, line dancing, and socialization. No prior experience required, this participant led social club allows members to teach other members a wide range of choreographed routines. MAR 8 Virtual Mature Men Fitness Hour : t's time to get active! Join us for a virtual hour of fitness. You'll

Play like a Champion

Step up your game and play like a champion with Durham Parks and Recreation! Registration is now open for a variety of youth and adult athletics programs. From tennis lessons and youth sports samplers to adult spring softball and pickleball tournaments, we are finding ways to stay active and stay safe during the pandemic. Here's a short and sweet guide featuring some of the sports programs you won't want to miss this Spring... Community Free Play Basketball We're offering free court access to all individuals and families on our outdoor basketball courts. Courts are available first come first serve. The City will turn the lights on at the park from sunset till 10 p.m. Located at the following parks: Bethesda Park, Southern Boundaries Park, Sherwood Park, Morreene Road Park ( visit ActiveNet for specific dates each park is open ) Community Free Play Tennis We're offering free tennis court access to all individuals and families on designated outdoor tennis courts. Courts a

Volunteer of the Month: Cedric Burke

By: Mal Atkinson, Resource Coordinator It is with much enthusiasm that we recognize Cedric Burke as February’s Volunteer of the Month! Cedric, along with members of the Tobacco Road FC, has been volunteering with DPR for the past four years with programs such as Little Tykes Soccer, DPR Soccer Academy and the Youth Sport Sampler. He has spent the bulk of his life in Durham and his commitment to the Durham community is evident in everything he does. When asked why he elected to volunteer with DPR Cedric says he is passionate about giving back to a city that has given him so much. Specifically, he enjoys playing a role in helping to shape the future of our youth. Additionally, he believes that a variety of life lessons can be learned through the teamwork, humility and camaraderie required to be a successful member of a soccer team. Cedric finds joy in seeing the youth he volunteers with reach milestones. He says that “It's incredibly gratifying to build relationships with the youn

Egg-citing Egg Hunts in Durham

We're egg-cited to announce several Egg Hunt opportunities taking place across the City for you and your family to enjoy! Whether you want to pickup supplies to enjoy an Egg Hunt at home or swing by one of our Cultural Heritage Parks for an in-person Egg Hunt, spaces are sure to fill up fast for these family friendly events! And don't leave your canine friend out of the fun, there is a dog-friendly event for them too! Before you come, make sure you preregister (see links below for specific Egg Hunt events) and bring a basket or bag to collect eggs! Here's a quick guide to make sure you don't miss out on the fun... Inclusive Egg Hunt To Go Thursday, March 25 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Campus Hills Park, 2000 S. Alston Ave. Free, Preregistration required Pickup supplies for an at-home Egg Hunt Inclusive program, for children of all ability levels, ages 12 and under Participants will receive email with instructions for pick-up on March 23 West Point Egg Hunt Saturday, March 27

Check Your Receipt! What Shopping Can Tell Us About the Past

By: Seth Dubowsky, Historic Mill Interpreter So, here we are in 2021. This past year has been a bit of a mess. We’ve been here before, though. Flash back 160 years. The world was facing a cholera pandemic. In the midst of a contentious election Americans were heavily divided, socially and politically. Our ancestors were questioning their history, and who they were as a country. Sounds a little familiar doesn’t it? In spite of all this there are some things that always retain some semblance of normalcy. Be it 1860 or 2021, folks need to go to the store. Whether it’s Walmart, Food Lion, or the West Point Mill, we all have to shop. One of the projects that the Cultural Heritage staff at Durham Parks and Recreation has been working on is indexing several sales ledgers kept by John Cabe McCown. McCown owned and operated the West Point Mill in the mid-1800s. These ledgers run from the late 1850s to the late 1870s, and record transactions at the West Point mill, store, and post office ( ch

Coming this February: Virtual Jewelry Making, Newbie Pickleball Tournament & More

It's a new year for new fun with Durham Parks and Recreation! February is full of programs that you'll be sure to enjoy! From virtual programs to in-person programs, we've created this go-to guide highlighting what to mark on your calendar and make sure you're in attendance. For the most up-to-date information about our programs, make sure you regularly check ActiveNet as well as the calendar on our website! FEB 2 Virtual Kid-O-Cize : Up, down, turn around, time to move! Preschoolers will run, play, and stretch to music and burn lots of energy in this virtual program. Come join the fun and Kid-O-Cize! To connect virtually participants will need a good internet connection, a functioning computer, and a phone or tablet device with a camera and microphone capability. Don't miss out on this unique experience. Each participant will receive an email at least 3 days before the program begins with a link to join. FEB 4 Introduction to Pickleball : Interested in learning ab