COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

Due to concerns regarding the community spread of COVID-19, City of Durham and Durham County Governments have combined and amended their Stay-At-Home Orders. Tennis courts, pickleball courts, and disc golf courses are now closed until further notice (all other amenities remain closed). See below for our full list of closures and cancellations.

A Stay-at-Home Order is in effect in Durham through Thursday, April 30. All City facilities remain closed to the public until further notice. 

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 and adhering to the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to prevent the spread of the virus. 

Amenities that remain open

  • Parks
  • Trails
  • Greenways

We need your help to keep our parks, trails, and greenways open. During the Stay-at-Home Order, Park Maintenance Staff will not be emptying trash cans or cleaning parks and trails. Please take any trash (including pet waste) with you. 

As you recreate in Durham’s parks and trails, model social distancing by maintaining a safe distance (at least 6 feet) between you and other users. 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 Stay-at-Homer Order or unsafe behavior.  

Amenities that are currently closed

  • Tennis Courts
  • Pickleball Courts
  • Disc Golf Courses
  • Playgrounds
  • Park restrooms
  • Skate Park at Durham Central Park
  • Dog Parks
  • Picnic Shelters
  • All Athletic Fields
  • Futsal Courts
  • Basketball Courts
  • DPR Administration Building
  • All Recreation Centers and Pools 
  • City Lakes


  • All instructional and drop-in programs, leagues, activities, and events are canceled and/or suspended until further notice. Staff will be in contact with registered participants to discuss options for refunds and/or rescheduling. Please note, due to the recent malware attack on the City, this may take some time as many staff still do not have access to computers and/or facility phones.
  • Durham’s Earth Day Festival scheduled for April 19 is canceled. 
  • Durham Senior Games scheduled for April 13-30 are canceled.
  • All rentals will be canceled or postponed until further notice. Staff will contact and work with those who have a rental scheduled during this time to either refund or reschedule.

*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. Those who are high risk including those who are 65 years of age or older, have long-term medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, cancer or high blood pressure or those who have weak immune systems are advised to stay home per the guidelines of the CDC.  

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