Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) manages 56 playgrounds at 54 parks throughout the City! Playgrounds provide a safe place for children to play, connect, and learn.
Playground Safety Tips
Please follow these guidelines to ensure safe play:
- Adult supervision is recommended. Active supervision can prevent playground injuries.
- Choose play equipment that is appropriate for the child’s age. Follow posted signs indicating appropriate age.
- Check the area for hazards before allowing children to play, i.e. broken equipment, broken glass, trip hazards. If you find a hazard, please do not allow your child to play near or around it. Please report any hazards to Amy Pehowic, 919-560-4355, ext. 27212.
- Remove helmets before playing on the playground. Avoid wearing scarves, drawstrings, or other types of clothing that could get caught on equipment and become a strangulation hazard.
- Check to make sure the equipment isn’t too hot! Play equipment that is in the sun can get very hot.
- Keep small children from putting pieces of playground mulch into their mouths.
- As with visiting any public spaces, wash hands after playing on the playground, and especially before eating.
Playgrounds are open!
Playground users are encouraged to maintain social distance, wear masks/face coverings when social distancing is not possible, and wash or sanitize hands often!
Long Meadow Park Toddler Playground Structure ClosedNew playground equipment coming soon! The small toddler playground area is temporarily closed.
Lyon Park Swings ClosedThe swings at Lyon Park are closed due to construction on the restroom building next to them. The swings will reopen once construction is complete. Construction is anticipated to be completed in June (weather permitting).
Rockwood Park Youth Playground Structure ClosedNew playground equipment coming soon! The youth playground area is temporarily closed and scheduled to be removed the week of May 10 (weather permitting).
W.D. Hill Playground Closed
The playground at W.D. Hill is closed while repairs are made after a power outage required work crews to dig up a portion of the surfacing in the playground.
Wrightwood Park Playground UpdatesNew playground equipment coming soon! A portion of the playground at Wrightwood Park is scheduled to be removed the week of May 10 (weather permitting). The rest of the equipment will remain for play until the new equipment is ready for installation. Help us select playground colors at Wrightwood Park by filling out the short survey by May 14!
|Park||Recommended Age for Play Structures||Swings - Standard||Swings - Toddler (Bucket Swing)||Special Features|
|American Village Park||2-12||Yes||Yes||Sand pit|
|Bethesda Park*||2-12||Yes||No||Tire swing, boulder|
|Burch Avenue Park*||2-12||Yes||Yes||Shaded|
|Burton Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||Yes||
|C.M. Herndon Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||No||
|C.R. Wood Park||2-12||Yes||Yes||
|Campus Hills Park||2-5, 5-12||No||No||
|Cook Road Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||Yes||
|Cornwallis Road Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||Yes||
|Crest Street Park||2-12||Yes||No||
|Drew / Granby Park||2-12||Yes||Yes||Accessible swing|
|Duke Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||Yes||
|Durham Central Park||5-12||No||No||Skate park|
|East Durham Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||Yes||
|East End Park||5-12||No||No||Sprayground (seasonal)|
|Elmira Avenue Park||5-12||No||No||
|Forest Hills Park||5-12||Yes||Yes||Sprayground (seasonal)|
|Garrett Road Park||5-12||No||No||Tire swing|
|Grant Park (North)||2-5||No||No||
|Holt School Road Park||2-12||Yes||Yes||Shaded, Nature Trail|
|Indian Trail Park||2-5, 5-12||No||No||Shaded, Fitness Trail|
|Long Meadow Park||5-12||Yes||Yes||
|Maplewood Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||Yes||
|Morreene Road Park||2-12||Yes||Yes||Accessible playground|
|Northgate Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||Yes||
|Oakwood Park||2-5, 5-12||No||No||Tire swing|
|Old Chapel Hill Road Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||Yes||
|Old North Durham Park||5-12||No||No||
|Oval Drive Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||Yes||
|Piney Wood Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||Yes||Shaded|
|Red Maple Park||5-12||Yes||No||
|Rock Quarry Park (at Edison Johnson Recreation Center)||5-12||Yes||No||Sprayground (seasonal), Sand pit|
|Rocky Creek Park||2-5||Yes||Yes||Shaded|
|Shady Oaks Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||Yes||
|Sherwood Park*||2-5, 5-12||Yes||Yes||
|Trinity Park*||2-5, 5-12||Yes||Yes||
|Twin Lakes Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||Yes||Shaded|
|Unity Village Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||Yes||
|Valley Springs Park||2-5, 5-12||No||No||
|W.D. Hill Recreation Center*||5-12||No||No||
|Walltown Park*||2-5, 5-12||No||No||Tire swing|
|Weaver Street Park*||5-12||Yes||No||
|Westover Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||Yes||Boulder|
|Whippoorwill Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||Yes||
|Wrightwood Park||2-5, 5-12||Yes||Yes||
*park is surrounded by a fence