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All patrons must wear proper swimming attire in the pool. There are additional exceptions for the outdoor pools which are: males can wear athletic shorts with a functional drawstring and boxers/briefs underneath and females can wear athletic shorts with a functional drawstring and panties underneath. Females can also wear a t-shirt with a sports bra underneath.
We do not provide towels. All of the pools have lockers available for patron use. Patrons are encouraged to bring a lock to secure their belongings.
U.S Coast Guard approved flotation devices (life jackets) are allowed but not inflatable devices or toys. Parents must remain with children in flotation devices and they are not allowed in the deep end. There are a limited number of life jackets available for patron use at each pool.
During recreational swim, only goggles, which cover just the eyes, are allowed. Masks, fins, and snorkels are allowed during lap swim times and snorkel classes.
During recreational swim noodles, kickboards and other swim and exercise aides are not permitted. Toys such as squirt guns, balls and other items that endanger the safety or enjoyment of other swimmers are not permitted.
Yes, if your child is 5 years old or younger, and/or is less than 4 feet tall, an adult, 18 years or older, must be in the water with them. Children 6 to 9 years old who are more than 4 feet tall can swim on their own, but an adult must be present in the pool area with them.
If you would like to exercise on your own you can come during any of the lap swim times. Recreational swim is unstructured time for everyone.
An in-person meeting to reserve the Durham Armory for the following year.
The meeting will take place at the Durham Parks and Recreation Administration Office located at 400 Cleveland Street. (Please note, this meeting does not take place at the Durham Armory.)
We have limited parking at the Durham Parks and Recreation Administration Office. You may park in spaces along the building, and the South Side parking lot of First Baptist Church. Spaces on the other side of the parking lot (along the fence) are all reserved paid parking. Please do not park along the fence or you will receive a ticket. Once the available spaces fill up, you will need to find paid parking elsewhere.
We recommend setting aside 2 to 3 hours for the meeting. It takes a while to go through all the numbers in order, set up all the reservations, and take payments.
We will not take reservations for the Durham Armory via email or telephone until after the annual meeting.
Most, if not all Saturday's are usually taken during the annual meeting. The best chance to get your preferred date is to attend the annual meeting.
Yes, but they will be required to:
Every client will be given the opportunity to pick a number. This number will determine what order you will be called to pick your date. If your date is already taken by either another client or Durham Parks and Recreation, you will need to choose an alternate date. We suggest you have at least 3 dates to choose from.
No, only one representative from each party will be allowed to draw a number. If we find that anyone has violated this policy, those individuals will be removed from the process. You will only be allowed to have 2 people in the room per party due to space. Seating in the lobby is limited, so please do not bring large groups or children who need supervision.
Spanish translators will be available to assist anyone who needs an interpreter.
Yes, you will be required to pay the security deposit and application fee before leaving. If you cannot pay the fee, we will remove the reservation and open the date up for another client. All other usage fees will be due 45 days prior to the requested date of use.
You may reserve consecutive dates (ex. Friday for a rehearsal dinner and Saturday for a wedding or you could reserve both Thursday and Friday for a concert that takes place on two consecutive evenings). We will not allow groups to reserve multiple dates if they are not consecutive (ex. hosting a concert in March and then another in June). For clients wanting multiple dates, you will only be permitted to select one date at a time per turn.
Once numbers are being drawn, no new clients will be able to enter the room until everyone has drawn a number. After everyone in the room has drawn a number, new clients will be assigned the next number as they arrive. (ex. If 35 clients have drawn, the next person to arrive will be assigned number 36 and so on)
The High Ropes Discovery Course is designed to challenge an individual’s perceived limitations and sense of adventure, as well as build self-esteem and teach reliance upon others. Above all, it’s intended as an enjoyable “peak” experience for participants.
In general, the course is for group use. Groups can be made of several families who want to try the course or other community and corporate groups. Individuals who wish to try the course may register for the High Ropes Discovery Day programs which are offered at various times throughout the year.
The course is open to participants 7 years and older. Youth ages 7 to 9 must have a parent accompany and guide them on the course.
Every group is different, but a program typically lasts four hours from ground school to course completion.
Athletic-type wear is recommended-clothing in which you can move comfortably. Closed-toe shoes are required for participation.
Our fees are competitively set for the Triangle market and are approved by Durham City Council on an annual basis. Because they are approved annually, we do not have the ability to negotiate fees.
Not at the moment, but coming soon!
A $100 deposit is due within five (5) business days of initial consultation and commitment; full payment, with registration forms, is due by the day before the scheduled program or within thirty (30) days, whichever is sooner.
The number of participants we take on the course at any given time is age-dependent, so we recommend you call and discuss your group’s makeup.
The course is located in Bethesda Park at 1814 Stage Road in Durham.
Programs go forward in mild inclement weather, i.e. light rain, light wind and chilly weather. Extreme heat (95 degrees+), cold, wind and dangerous storm conditions which endanger the safety of the participant may result in the postponement or cancellation of the program.
At its peak, the course is 55 feet high!
The High Ropes Discovery Course allows individuals to choose their own path through the structure, as opposed to having a pre-determined route. That flexibility empowers participants to decide how much challenge they desire.
In addition to years of outdoor leadership experience, our staff are all Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) certified high and low course practitioners.