Playgrounds

Indian Trail Park PlaygroundDurham 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 now 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!

Playground Closures & Repairs


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.

Drew/Granby Street Playground Closed

Playground equipment and surfacing will be removed beginning September 11, 2020. The playground will be closed until further notice for the removal of the old equipment and installation of new equipment.
    

Old Farm Road Park Playground Closed


Frequent flooding has damaged many of the playground structures at Old Farm Road Park. The play structures have been removed due to safety concerns. DPR has requested City funding for new playgrounds out of the Eno Floodway. DPR is working with community members to develop a new plan for the playground at Old Farm Road Park and River Forest Park. Be on the lookout for opportunities to participate in community playground designs this fall. Residents are encouraged to utilize the Holt School Road Park Playground at 4102 Holt School Road.

Playground Features

Park Recommended Age for Play Structures Swings - Standard Swings - Toddler (Bucket Swing) Special Features
American Village Park 2-12 Yes Yes Sand pit
Bay-Hargrove Park 2-12 Yes Yes
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
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)
Edgemont Park 5-12 Yes No
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
Hillside Park 5-12 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
Lakeview Park 5-12 Yes No
Long Meadow Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes
Lyon 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
Orchard Park 2-12 Yes Yes
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
Rockwood Park 2-5, 5-12 Yes Yes
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
Solite Park 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