Durham has great places to play! The City's parks serve as sites for many of Durham Parks and Recreation's athletic leagues, activities, and events. More than 65 parks are available for public use with more planned for future development.

Report Injury or Illness
Customers and residents are encouraged to immediately report any injury or illness received as a result of participation in leisure services provided by or at City of Durham Parks and Recreation facilities, parks and trails. Please call 919-560-4355 to file an accident report.

Park Rentals
Durham's parks, trails and facilities serve as great sites for you next event, family gathering or concert. Many of our parks offer rentals of picnic shelters, athletic fields, event fields and more! Visit our rentals page for more information.

Park Features
Looking for a specific park amenity? Search parks and facilities by features.

Park Hunting Rule
Hunting is not allowed in city parks or lakes.

Report Illegal Activity
If you see illegal activity in any park at any time, contact the police by dialing 911.

Park Winterization
Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) will close certain park amenities by mid-November that are subject to freezing, this includes irrigation systems, park restrooms, and drinking fountains. 

Since 2014 DPR has been upgrading park restrooms in high use parks to make them resistant to freezing year round. Except for extreme sustained cold, these restrooms are available to residents to use year round. Year round restrooms can currently be found at the following locations:

  • Bethesda Park
  • Duke Park
  • East End Park
  • Garrett Road Park
  • Sherwood Park
  • Solite Park
  • Southern Boundaries Park - restrooms currently closed due to a clogged sewer line. Please check back soon for updates.
  • Twin Lakes Park
  • West Point on the Eno Park
  • Whippoorwill Park

Please note, while we make every effort to have these restrooms open year round, there are sometimes unforeseen circumstances and/or maintenance issues that may cause us to temporarily close park restrooms.