Recreation Advisory Commission

The Recreation Advisory Commission (RAC) works with the director of recreation and makes recommendations regarding recreation programs, facilities, resources, and needs of the city.

The commission consists of nine members appointed by the City Council. Members serve without compensation and must reside within the corporate city limits. City and County taxes must not reflect any delinquency at the time of submission of the application.

RAC Mission

The mission of the Recreation Advisory Commission is to advocate for Durham Parks and Recreation and the Durham community.

Regular Meetings

Meetings are open to the public and held the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. at the Durham Parks and Recreation Administration Office located at 400 Cleveland Street, Durham NC 27701.


  • Lesley Stracks-Mullem, Chair
  • Cedric Burke, Vice Chair
  • Kenneth Barnes (Mayor's Appointee)
  • Teah Rawlings
  • Karthik Sundaramoorthy, Member
  • Girija Mahajan, Member
  • Jill Thomas, Member
  • Lynda Merritt, City Staff
  • Mike Johnston, Member
RAC 2022