Showing posts from January, 2022

Volunteer Highlight of the Month: Woodcroft Women's Club

By: Mal Atkinson, Resource Coordinator The Woodcroft Women’s Club (WWC) was formed in the mid 1980’s to help cultivate a sense of camaraderie and to serve their local community through fundraising and volunteer efforts. For nearly 20 years, the WWC has been a committed partner helping keep a section of American Tobacco Trail spotless for everyone to enjoy. The WWC Adopt-a-Trail group meets one day every other month to clean the section of the American Tobacco Trail that runs through Woodcroft and neighboring communities. The women of the club (and some spouses) have a strong desire to keep our Durham community beautiful and inviting to nature lovers. As we enter a new year and reflect on 2021, we are full of gratitude for all the volunteers that have given countless of hours to DPR and our programs including the WWC. The club has given over 1,000 volunteers hours to the Adopt-A-Park/Trail program. We should all take a moment to be mindful of all the good people and things in our lives

Time to Go Nuts for Squirrel Appreciation Week!

Get ready to go nuts! If you didn't know already, Friday, January 21 is National Squirrel Appreciation Day and we love squirrels so much that we're celebrating all week long! It's the perfect time to learn about one of the world's cutest mammals and celebrate our favorite squirrel mascot, Parkson Rex! We'll be sharing some fun facts about squirrels as well as offering a chance to win a DPR Prize Pack with daily contests on our social media pages! Continue reading for more about the history of National Squirrel Appreciation Day and our mascot, Parkson Rex, as well as how you can enter to win a DPR Prize pack on this nutty day with us! History of National Squirrel Appreciation Day National Squirrel Appreciation Day was established in 2001 by Christy Hargrove, a wildlife rehabilitation specialist who desired to encourage positive attitudes and kind hearts toward these bushy-tailed, nut-loving creatures. While some might consider these tree climbing critters a nuisance,

Say 'I Do' to DPR

Are you a recently engaged bride or groom!? Do you know someone who just said yes! Once the excitement and celebrating has settled, Durham Parks and Recreation is here to help take care of one huge piece of wedding planning...confirming the venue!  One of the first steps in wedding planning is finding the location/venue and securing the date of your big day! Here in Durham, we have three Special Use Facilities that are equipped and ready to host your ceremony and reception.  Durham Armory In the heart of Bull City, less than 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport located at 212 Foster Street, Durham, NC. Conveniently located near parking garages.  Building Capacity - Ballroom/Auditorium - 585 (without tables & chairs), Balcony - 314, Birch Room - 20, Oak Room - 30 Amenities - Large kitchen (industrial stove, double sink, microwave, refrigerator & ice machine), Heating and air conditioning, Coatroom, Snack bar, Tables (25 - 72 inch round tables, 40 - 8 foot banqu

Swing into a New Year with DPR

We're saying goodbye to 2021 and hello to 2022! As we swing into a new year, we're excited for another 365 days of exploring our trails, adventuring around our parks, and best of all, getting to participate in all the programs and activities being offered by DPR! We're continuing to plan our programs with YOU in mind! A new year also means a new chance for resolutions! It could mean you're setting goals to exercise more, to learn a new sport, or volunteer in your community. Either way, we are here to help reach those goals. Visit our website for the most up-to-date information on openings and closings and browse ActiveNet to learn about our current programs and activities (both virtual and in-person). For volunteer opportunities, visit our website or iVolunteer to see how you can begin giving back to your community! Speaking of goals and resolutions, here's one that everyone can participate in...we challenge you to visit all 68 parks in the City of Durham! That&