COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

As of May 14, 2021, Durham is under North Carolina Executive Order 215. For additional information visit the City of Durham COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates & Resources page.

As of Monday August 2, 2021 all individuals entering City of Durham Parks and Recreation Indoor Facilities are required to wear a face covering (mask).

During these challenging times, the health and safety of our residents and staff are our top priority. As we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.


  • Parks
  • Park Restrooms
  • Playgrounds
    • 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.
    • The youth playground structure at Rockwood Park has been removed. New playground equipment coming soon!
    • A portion of the playground at Wrightwood Park has been removed. The rest of the equipment will remain for play until the new equipment is ready for installation.
    • The small toddler playground structure at Long Meadow Park has been removed. New playground equipment coming soon!
  • Trails
  • Greenways
  • Tennis Courts
  • Pickleball Courts
  • Disc Golf Courses
    • The disc golf course baskets at holes 12 and 13 at Valley Springs Park have been temporarily removed due to construction.
    • The disc golf course at Bethesda Park is closed due to a sewer construction project.
  • Athletic Fields
  • Futsal Courts
  • Basketball Courts
  • Skate Park at Durham Central Park
  • Picnic Shelters - Picnic shelter rentals are available through October 31, 2021. Please visit the picnic shelter rentals page for complete details.
  • Campsites
  • Dog Parks - Entry is only permitted for dogs with a current dog park tag. Owners are required to clean up after their dogs, both inside and outside the fenced area. Children under 12 years of age must be supervised by an adult and spectators (those without a dog) need to remain outside the fenced areas.
  • City Lakes
  • Outdoor Pools - All outdoor pools are open for recreational swim.
  • Spraygrounds - East End Park Sprayground, Edison Johnson Sprayground, and Hillside Park Sprayground are open. (Forest Hills Park Sprayground is currently closed)
  • DPR Administration Building - Staff are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

All park and trail users are required to comply with local and state restrictions.

As you recreate in Durham’s parks and trails. Masks are strongly recommended outdoors for unvaccinated individuals in crowded areas and higher-risk settings where social distancing is difficult. Please see below for additional recommendations.*

We have assigned off-duty officers to monitor our parks, and we also ask that residents call the Police Non-emergency line at 919-560-4600 to report any violations of the current executive order or unsafe behavior.  

Limited Operations


  • Forest Hills Sprayground
  • Ropes Courses

Programs, Leagues, Activities, and Events

If you have any questions regarding specific programs please email

*Additional Safety Recommendations

Additional recommendations include washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; and staying home when you are sick. The CDC recommends coughing or sneezing into a tissue and then throwing it away, or sneezing into your upper shirt, sleeve or elbow, completely covering your nose and mouth; use your elbow to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. 

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Visit the City of Durham’s website for additional information on the City’s updates and resources.