Showing posts from May, 2022

Volunteer Highlight of the Month: Maggie and David

By: Mal Atkinson, Resource Coordinator While the days leading up to a wedding may involve running errands, completing last minute tasks and hosting out of town guest and Durham couple spent their time giving back to Rockwood Park! They aren’t an ordinary couple that do ordinary mundane things. They are two people that have desire to make their community and those around them better.  On a cool Saturday morning in April, Maggie and David gathered over 50 of their closest friends and family members for a pre-wedding morning workday at Rockwood Park, the neighborhood park close to their home and their favorite place to take a morning walk. Friends, moms, dads, stepparents, brothers and sisters all joined in to help plant a native perennial garden near the Rockwood Park picnic shelter. Maggie and David wanted to make their favorite park more beautiful while honoring their commitment to tending their home. They purchased and donated over 500 flowers and plants, which were place

Community-Guided Improvements Coming Soon to Lyon Park

Lyon Park is getting ready to receive some highly-anticipated, community-guided improvements! Located at 1200 W Lakewood Avenue, Lyon Park is a multi-use community park in West Central Durham situated between West End, Morehead Hill, Forest Hills, and Lakewood Park neighborhoods. The current park features include a picnic shelter, playground, swings, basketball court, athletic field and restrooms. Back in 2017, Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) received concerns from nearby residents around the park regarding the out-of-service light pole, the need for more lighting, issues with the restrooms, feeling unsafe, the need for more maintenance, and the on-going issue of litter being left around the park. These improvement requests aligned with DPR’s interest in finding ways to support Durham’s growing population, supporting types of recreation gaining popularity, and attracting users to re-engage with Lyon Park. In 2018, DPR took action and began performing an assessment of the park to addr

Celebrate History, Culture & Arts: Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival

The national award winning Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival will celebrate its 52nd Anniversary on May 21, 2022! Join us at Rock Quarry Park, located at 701 Stadium Drive, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. for this family oriented event as we celebrate African and African American history, culture, arts, and traditions. In partnership with Durham Parks and Recreation, the 52nd Annual Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival is presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. Get ready for a day filled with FREE live music, family fun zone, arts and crafts, community resources, ethnic food, local talent and more! We're excited to announce our Main Stage Headliners, Sunshine Anderson and Mario, will be wrapping up the event with performances beginning a 6 p.m. For a detailed list of activities and the full main stage schedule, visit our website .  This is an event you sure won't want to miss! Now let's get you prepared with all the important details to make sure you are ready for the day... What T

Hey Durham, Let’s Splash & Play!

From replacing playgrounds to developing new parks to repairing trails, Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) is continually making strides to enhance recreation and play through various capital improvement and construction projects around the City of Durham! One of the newest long-term undertakings is the Splash and Play Project, a culmination of the City of Durham’s effort to develop park projects, especially related to outdoor aquatics, for East End Park, Long Meadow Park, and the former Wheels Fun Park site. The primary intent of the Splash & Play Project is to evaluate and assess these three pre-identified park sites with the focus of identifying opportunities to implement recommendations included in the City’s 2013 Parks and Recreation Master Plan and the 2017 Aquatics Facilities Master Plan. The project prioritizes consideration of the former Wheels Fun Park for the development of a large outdoor aquatics facility and other programming possibilities, as well as consider solution

Just Released: The Summer 2022 Play More Guide

Who's ready for some summer fun!? We sure are and all we need is YOU to join us! We've officially released the June - August 2022 Play More Guide ! Start exploring the 55 pages of fun, interactive and educational programs and activities for all ages, intensity levels and interests. Whether you step up your game at Pickleball Skills and Drills or enjoy some fishing at Family Lake Day, there is something for everyone! Registration is officially open in  ActiveNet  for these summer programs. Spots fill up fast - so make sure to register for a program before it is too late! 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 more! Best of all, there are no registration whether you sign up in person at your local recreation center or online, the fees (if any) are