Showing posts from August, 2021

Volunteer of the Month: John Rives

By: Mal Atkinson, Resource Coordinator John Rives exemplifies what a volunteer should be. As a longtime member of the Durham Community Trail Watch he has contributed countless of hours to the city’s trails and greenways. Additionally, John has coordinated or led the Full Moon Fever Ride since 2013. On Saturday August 21 John led a group of 20 riders, many of them first timers, up the American Tobacco Trail to experience trail riding at night. Durham Parks and Recreation’s volunteers have fun while making a huge difference. Whether they are building and maintaining trails, helping with an event, or working with our youth, we couldn’t do it without them. Thank you, John for your commitment to the Durham community. Thank you, John for Playing More with DPR! This Fall is full of opportunities to volunteer with Durham Parks and Recreation! From special events to park and trail cleanups to coaching youth sports, we have plenty of ways for residents to give back and be part of making a d

Just Released: The Fall 2021 Play More Guide

We are excited to announce the official release of our September - December 2021 Play More Guide! We've got 68 pages of fun, interactive and educational programs and activities for all ages, intensity levels and interests. Whether you go on a History Hike at West Point on the Eno or sign up for the Bike Rodeo at Walltown Park Recreation Center, there is something for everyone! Don't wait too long to sign up! Spots fill up fast! If the program you are interested in requires preregistration, head over to ActiveNet to register today! Please note: All information in the program guide is subject to change. Please refer to the COVID-19 page on our website for the most up-to-date information on our openings and closings. How do I register for a program? We have an online registration portal, called Active Net , that allows participants to register for most programs in the comfort of their own home. You can search for your favorite programs by keyword, age, day, time, location and mo

Become a Certified Lifeguard...for Free!

Lifeguarding has been seen traditionally as a summer job for teenagers, but did you know Durham Parks and Recreation employs lifeguards year-round? Campus Hills Pool and Edison Johnson Aquatic Center are two of the City of Durham's Indoor year-round facilities. Regardless of the season, the pool is always 84 degrees and open for the community with lifeguards always present in case of an emergency. Durham Parks and Recreation is continually recruiting, training, and hiring lifeguards to keep pools open and swimmers safe. In our recruitment efforts, Durham Parks and Recreation is offering FREE American Red Cross Lifeguard Training classes through our Durham Aquatic School (DAS). These training classes, normally a $190 cost, are offered in the hope that class participants will take their hard-earned lifeguarding certification and work for Durham Parks and Recreation. Additionally, by providing the training at no cost, the City of Durham aims to remove the barrier for entry and make

Remembering Larry Stogner at Sandy Creek Park

By: Annette Smith, Grants and Special Projects Analyst, Sr For the past four years, the Durham Parks Foundation has worked to develop a memorial project in honor of the late Larry Stogner at Sandy Creek Park.  Larry Stogner was a well-known, and much beloved, news anchor for ABC-11 television station. In early 2015 Larry announced his retirement as a journalist with a very honest and frank discussion of his diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The clip of this announcement became a "viral" sensation on social media. Larry was a daily visitor to Sandy Creek Park. Six days a week Larry and his dogs, Beauty and Beast, visited the park for their morning exercise. Larry lost his battle with ALS in October 2016. With funding from the Durham Open Space and Trails Commission and generous support from Larry’s friends and family a History Grove has been completed at the entrance to the park. This area was designed with native trees and plants that will extend the park’s re

Get to Know Leigh Farm Park

By Katrina Wood, Cultural Heritage Master Program Specialist As one of DPR’s representatives at Leigh Farm Park, I often hear visitors say “I didn’t know this was here.” And you might not either! Leigh Farm Park is one of the department’s two cultural heritage parks, the other being West Point on the Eno. Leigh Farm is located near I-40 and Highway 54, right before you head into Chapel Hill. After driving past an office park and apartment complex the visitor enters the park’s gates and is treated to a view of a different era.  Each building on the Leigh Farm site contributes to the historical background. Though visitors begin at the park’s Visitor’s Center, the 1830s Leigh Farm House anchors the old farm. It features multiple additions that were built over 120 years as the Leigh Family (and their financial success) grew. Richard Stanford and Ann Leigh came from prominent families and continued to be prominent on their own land, a wedding gift from Stanford’s father. Stanford was a coun