Construction Projects and Maintenance

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Construction Projects and Maintenance

Learn about construction projects and maintenance taking place at Durham parks, trails and facilities. Stay up to date with the latest details and information on improvements.

Bethesda Park

The disc golf course at Bethesda Park is closed for maintenance until further notice.

Bethesda Park Basketball, Tennis and Pickleball courts are back open!

Downtown Trail - Blackwell Street

The Durham Bulls Athletic Park is scheduled to undergo facility improvements during the 2022 to 2023 off-season. To complete these improvements, a portion of the sidewalk along Blackwell Street adjacent to the athletic park will be closed from the week of September 26, 2022 until early April 2023. The sidewalk on the opposite side of Blackwell Street and the driving lanes will remain open. Several parking spaces will be fenced and closed off. The businesses surrounding the ballpark and within American Tobacco Campus will all remain open throughout the construction process. For more information about the Durham Bulls Athletic Park Improvement project, visit General Services' website. Click here to view a detour map.

Downtown Durham Rail Trail

The Downtown Durham Rail Trail is an approximately two-mile trail planned for downtown Durham. The trail will connect and provide safe transportation and recreation between the Durham Station and Avondale Drive. This two-mile, 18-acre historic railway corridor travels through the heart of downtown Durham, the Durham Innovation District, the historic Pearl Mill neighborhood, the S. Ellerbe Restoration Project, and through the fringes of the Trinity Park and Duke Park neighborhoods to connect to the E. Trinity Avenue neighborhood and the Avondale Drive business/commercial area. Review the Downtown Durham Rail Trail Fact Sheet for more information including the project schedule and funding as well as a map. Important update regarding the funding gap noted on Fact Sheet - the City received a RAISE grant in late 2021 to reduce the funding gap.

East End Park - Basketball Court Lighting

East End Park will be receiving new athletic court lighting, specifically at the basketball court. Construction is expected to be completed Spring 2023.

Lakeview Park

Lakeview Park will begin construction on various park amenities in late 2022, including installation of a new restroom facility near the playground, updates to the basketball courts, and new ADA accessible sidewalks. 

Lyon Park

Lyon Park is a multi-use community park in West Central Durham situated between West End, Morehead Hill, Forest Hills, and Lakewood Park neighborhoods. The Lyon Park Plan created in 2018 identified a variety of opportunities to add new features and increase positive activity throughout the park. A year-round restroom was opened in 2022. Community engagement opportunities began Summer 2022 and construction is expected to be completed in Fall 2023. For more information, visit the General Services - Lyon Park Renovations page.

Merrick-Moore Park - Shelter Playground

We're excited to move on to the next phase of enhancements at Merrick-Moore Park. This will include a playground, art sculptures, walking trails, and other park amenities scheduled to be complete in 2023.  

Northgate Park

Stormwater infrastructure replacement work will be taking place on W. Club Boulevard between Acadia Street and Farthing Street. Vehicular traffic will periodically be reduced to single lane closures with detours in place. Portions of the sidewalk on the Northgate Park side of W. Club Boulevard will be closed. Construction is expected to be completed October 2022.

Piney Wood Park - Pickleball Court Lighting

Piney Wood Park will be receiving new athletic court lighting, specifically at the pickleball courts (formerly tennis courts). Construction is expected to be completed Spring 2023.

Rock Quarry Park - Restrooms Closed

The restrooms at Rock Quarry Park are closed due to underground blockage. While the restrooms are under maintenance, a portable restroom is available for use.

Rock Quarry Park - NEW Dog Park

A new dog park will be located directly off the newly repaved Vietnam Memorial/Rock Quarry Spur Trail between Edison Johnson Recreation Center and Rock Quarry Park. Vegetation removal took place in March 2022. Construction is expected to be completed in Fall 2022.

R. Kelly Bryant Bridge Trail

The R. Kelly Bryant Bridge Trail is an approximately three-mile trail planned for southeastern/eastern Durham. The southern termini is the intersection of Dakota Street and NC/55 Alston Avenue and the northern termini is Drew/Granby Park on Drew Street. The Trail will connect and provide safe transportation and recreation between the existing Rocky Creek Greenway, Elmira Park, N.C. Central University, Burton Park, the McDougald Terrace neighborhood, Burton Elementary School, the R. Kelly Bryant Pedestrian Bridge over NC 147, E. Main Street, Angier Avenue, the Eastway Neighborhood, Eastway Elementary, and Long Meadow and East End Parks. Review the R. Kelly Bryant Bridge Trail Fact Sheet for more information including the project schedule and funding as well as a map.

PUBLIC NOTICE

Public parks are protected under Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act of 1966. When a project that uses federal funding impacts public park property, the public is provided an opportunity to comment on these impacts. At Burton, Long Meadow, East End and Drew/Granby Parks, the R. Kelly Bryant Bridge Trail is being constructed by the City of Durham through park properties by the City of Durham. Sidewalks will also be constructed in some areas along the parks’ borders, connecting to the overall sidewalk and trail network and serving an additional function beyond the park. These impacts are considered Section 4(f) resource impacts because they use park property but do not solely serve the parks, since they connect to the greater sidewalk/trail network.

Based on the proposed project impacts to Burton, Long Meadow, East End and Drew/Granby Parks, which are Section 4(f) resources under the U.S. Department of Transportation Act, The City of Durham and the Federal Highway Administration propose to make a Section 4(f) de minimis determination. This means that the proposed project would not adversely affect the qualities, activities, features, or attributes of the resource that qualify it for protection under Section 4(f).

A public comment period related to impacts to these protected resources is required. If you have comments during the public comment period from November 7 – November 21 related to the project impacts to the Section 4(f) resources, please send them to John Paces-Wiles, john.paces-wiles@durhamnc.gov

Snow Hill Park - Soccer Fields 1 & 2

Due to extensive damage to the fields, the Snow Hill Road Park Soccer Fields 1 and 2, located at 619 Snow Hill Road, are closed for maintenance and repair until further notice.

Third Fork Creek Extension Trail

The Third Fork Creek Extension Trail is an approximately two-mile trail planned for southern Durham. The southern termini is the existing Third Fork Creek Trail in Southern Boundaries Park and the northern termini is the existing American Tobacco Trail at the intersection of Fayetteville Street. The Trail will connect and provide safe transportation and recreation between Southern Boundaries Park, Weaver Street Recreation Center, the Weaver Street Neighborhood, the forested corridor between Weaver Street and Fayetteville Street, and businesses and bus stops in the Fayetteville Street employment and commercial corridor. Review the Third Fork Creek Extension Trail Fact Sheet for more information including the project schedule and funding as well as a map.

Trail Repair Project

Repaving of the existing asphalt on various trails throughout Durham began Spring 2022. The trails are being repaved to fix cracking, potholes, and minor drainage issues and add a center dashed line. While under construction, portions of the trails will be closed until complete. Construction is expected to be completed Spring 2023. For additional information about this project, visit the City of Durham Public Works page and check out the 2022-2023 Trail Repair Project Map.

Re-opened:

  • Rock Quarry Spur Trail/Vietnam Veteran Living Memorial Trail (Rock Quarry Park to W. Murray Avenue)
  • New Hope Creek Trail (in Old Chapel Hill Road Park)
  • W. Ellerbee Creek Trail (Albany Street to Maryland Avenue)
  • Ellerbee Creek Trail (Stadium Drive to Club Boulevard)
  • S. Ellerbee Creek Trail (Club Boulevard to Trinity Avenue)
  • Rocky Creek Greenway (Dakota Street to American Tobacco Trail)

Currently Closed:

  • Warren Creek Trail (Horton Road to Stadium Drive)
  • Renaissance Parkway Side Path (NC 741 to Fayetteville Road)
  • Stadium Drive (select panels of concrete are being repaired and active construction areas should be avoided. Complete closures of the trail is not expected)

Upcoming Closures (later this fall):

  • American Tobacco Trail (Dunhill to NC 54) to be closed beginning the week of November 27.
  • Ellerbee Creek Trail (between W. Murray Ave and Lavender Ave) which was recently repaved and re-opened, has experienced damage due to nearby trees. The safest solution is to remove 2-3 contributing trees. This section of the trail will be closed this fall to allow for the tree work and for repaving the damaged asphalt.

For additional information on this trail repair project, read our blog post.

Please note, once a portion of the trail is closed for repair, the site is considered an active construction zone and must be avoided due to the dangerous conditions. Interruptions, such as foot traffic and use of the trail, during the repair process will cause delays in reopening the trail. Please be mindful of the barricades and signage, which signify a trail closure. Trail users are encouraged to discover and use other trails during that period of time.

Westover Park

The Maryland Ave bridge will be removed for public safety in 2023.