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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.
Turf Field with lights
$60 per hour
Turf Field without light
$40 per hour
Herndon Small Turf Field with lights
Herndon Small Turf Field without lights
$20 per hour
Grass Field with lights
Grass Field without lights
Courts (Basketball and Futsal)
$5 per hour
$3 per hour per court
A Certificate of Insurance is a document that proves that the applicant has Comprehensive General Liability insurance to cover any liability claims, whether personal or damage, which may occur during use of the park property. The City of Durham must be named an additional insured on the policy.
Please visit the Field Options and Dimensions section on the Durham Parks and Recreation website.
We encourage community events that are open to the public! Any organized event on DPR property must have an approved / issued permit.
You can pay in-person or online. Visit our website and log in for more information.
At the approved start time of your rental and someone is still on the field, show them the permit and ask them to leave. If they do not leave, call the non-emergency police number 919-560-4600.
Each organization should have only one contact person that a DPR staff member will work with. If there is to be a change in your DPR contact, we will let you know right away. If your organization plans on appointing a new point of contact, we ask that you give us as much notice as possible.
If you are looking for exclusive use of the field, you will need to fill out a Field Request Form on our website. If you are just checking for availability, you can call 919-560-4355 and ask to speak with someone in Athletics in regards to field availability. Any organized activities will require a permit.
Pay your balance online, at our Administration Office located at 400 Cleveland Street, or any recreation center.
No, only run the vehicle to clear your windows.
Watch from the comfort of your vehicle or bring your own chairs and sit directly in front of your vehicle. You are also welcome to sit in the box of your truck or park your SUV backwards and open your hatch.
Parking attendants will direct you to your space. Groups will be physically distanced from each other. We will also put those arriving without cars and more compact cars closer to the screen and taller vehicles a bit further away. Please note that there will not be a bad seat in the house so to speak. The screen will be elevated and have a clear line of sight from all spaces.
No, remember there are cars driving around. Please keep yourself and your family members in or around your vehicle unless you are visiting a food truck or need to use the restroom facilities.
No dogs or pets are permitted on the grounds. Staff will refuse admission to those bringing pets in. If found after you park you will be asked to leave.
Yes, restrooms will be provided. Protocols for physical distancing are in place and a washroom attendant will be disinfecting handles and faucets regularly.
Smoking is prohibited. There will not be any designated smoking areas available
No. Leave it at home. No consumption of alcohol or smoking/vaping of any kind will be allowed on the premises. Driving while under the influence is illegal.
No. Reservations will be taken online until we are full or until 3 p.m. on the day of the event.
The movie plays rain or shine or snow. In the case of fog or high winds, and we are unable to see the movie on the screen, the event will be rescheduled to the next night if possible. If rescheduling to the following evening is not possible, the event will be canceled. Please check the Bull City Reels on Wheels page for updates.
Yes. We do not shut the gates unless we are full. You can come in anytime during the movie.
You are not required to have a car. With the change in Covid mandates, you do not need to have a car to participate. You will need to reserve a spot though for your party if you plan to walk, ride the bus, or ride your bike to the event. If you do not plan to drive your car to the event, you will need to have your entire group at the gate to check-in at one time and will be directed to a space for seating. We will be able to accommodate up to 6 people per non-car reservation. Be sure to bring chairs as seating is not provided and please note the event will be held in the gravel parking lot.
No. Every spot is first-come, first-serve. Attendees will be assigned spots in the order that they arrive.
Yes. You can pull in backwards and sit in the back of your vehicle. However, your back hatch must be tied down to the level of your roof so that you won’t block people behind you. Vehicles that plan to open their hatch will be placed further back from the screen.
No. Please see the staff in the event you have an emergency and need to leave. They will help safely guide you out of the event are. For the most part, no in and out privileges.
Volume and bass are restricted especially if other patrons complain; use your common sense. In the event of complaints, the sound must be turned down. Also, we only allow patrons to listen to our station while on the property (including before and during the shows and intermission). If you are playing a commercial station or a CD make sure you can only hear it in your own vehicle. Again, it’s always good to check with your neighbors on this sort of thing before they might complain to us. If you refuse to abide by these rules you will be asked to leave the premises.
Yes. That’s the nice thing about going to the drive-in, you can talk during the movie! However, please be considerate of those around you; don’t yell or use profanity to disturb others. Think about what you do before you do it.
Every vehicle is different. You will need to Google or contact your manufacturer on how to keep your lights off when the key is on. Please do this before coming to the Drive-in. One common way is to just turn your auto lights off. Another is to turn your vehicle off, apply the parking brake and the lights will stay off. This does not work for all vehicles. If this does not work, please bring cardboard to cover your headlights. Every car has a trick to keeping the running lights off.
Leaving your radio on should not kill your battery. In the event that it does die, please have a pair of jumper cables on hand for assistance.
The park Drive-In’s screen stands 4 feet off the ground and is 20 feet high by 40 feet wide.
The Comprehensive Parks, Recreation and Open Space Systems Plan will be developed over approximately 16 months. The consultant team will evaluate the community's needs as well as the City's current inventory to determine what improvements should be made over the next 10 years. This process will have multiple opportunities for engagement with the public and follow the guidance of the City’s Equitable Engagement Blueprint.
Sign up for email updates, attend public meetings and participate online. Email DPREngage@durhamnc.gov to sign up for email updates.
Our team of consultants, staff and residents will be at events in the community. We will post information on the DPR website, Facebook, Instagram, EngageDurham, and in DPR's eNewsletter. For information about upcoming engagement events, visit our website calendar.
Yes, you will be able to view translated material. Printed handouts and surveys, as well as interpretation services will be available at events.
We will open the books for 2024 on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at our annual Booking Meeting. Doors will open at 7:30am and will close promptly at 8:30am so the meeting can begin.
If you arrive after the doors are closed at 8:30am, you will not be allowed to participate and will have to wait until May 10, 2023, to submit your reservation request. We encourage you to arrive by 8:15am.
The meeting will take place at The Durham Armory, 220 Foster Street, Durham NC.
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 do not have onsite parking. You must park in the parking garage or any available street parking. Please be mindful that you may have to pay to park.
Yes, you will be required to pay the security deposit and application fee before leaving. If you cannot pay the security deposit and application fee, we will delete the reservation and open the date up for another client. We will accept cash (exact amount), credit cards, and checks. No credit cards will be taken over the phone. You will need the actual card to swipe. We do not accept ApplePay, CashApp, or any other money transfer protocols. All other fees will be due 45 days prior to the requested date of use.
Every client will be given the opportunity to pick a number. This number will determine in what order you will be called to pick your date. If your date is already taken by either another client or DPR, you will need to choose an alternate date. We suggest you have at least 3 dates to choose from.
To have the best chance of getting your desired date you should attend the meeting. We will not take reservations via telephone, e-mail, or the online request form until May 10, 2023.
Yes, but they have to know your top 3 dates in case your top choice is no longer available. They also need your personal information (full name, date of birth, email address, and mailing address) to set up or confirm your account. They must be able to pay the deposit and application fee during the meeting.
No. Only one person per event will be allowed to draw a number to determine their place in the selection process.
You can reserve consecutive dates (ex. March 13 & March 14) at the same time.
You cannot reserve nonconsecutive dates (ex. March 13 & July 3) at the same time.
After all the numbers have been called, that will conclude the first round, and the second round will begin. Numbers will be called in the same order.
We recommend setting aside 2-3 hours for the meeting.
Our system is set-up to reserve facilities for every “Activity Number.” Your child’s activity number, whether it be the 6-8 division, the 9-10 division, or the 11-13 division, is associated with a field in our system when you register, but not for practices or games. At this time, coaches decide when and where practices will be based on our field availability, and they are consistent throughout the season. Your coach will let you know about your practice day, time, and location after registration is closed and you have been assigned to a team. The majority of coaches do not change their practice day, time, or location in-between seasons, but they do have the ability to do so.
Starting in the fall 2019 season, the only exception that will be made for players to register for an older division will be if their pre-existing team decides to move up, and they want to stay with their team. We are not able to allow individuals to play up based off of size or skill level, but will make exceptions if a player wants to stay with their team.
If your schedule has changed, or you were dissatisfied with the team you were on in the previous season, you will certainly need to let the league coordinator know. If your schedule has changed, simply adjust that information when registering. If you were dissatisfied with the previous coach or team, please contact the league coordinator immediately and inform him/her of any issues. If you have any issues during the season, please contact the league coordinator immediately.
Uniforms are handed out to the coaches during the first few practices of the fall season. Please be sure to update your child’s shirt size every time you register. If you are registering your daughter to play in DGSL for the first time in the spring, your coach will give you a shirt at one of your first practices.
The league coordinator attempts each season to create rosters based off of every registrant’s requests. There will be situations in which siblings, friends, classmates, or neighbors cannot be placed on the same team, practice night or location, but the coordinator takes all requests into account and will manage the rosters accordingly. When registering, please indicate any preference or request at the time of registration. If a certain “request” is absolutely necessary, then please indicate that as well. If these requests/needs are unable to be met, the league coordinator will contact you after registration is complete.
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.
Environmental studies will be conducted at the five parks mentioned in the student’s report: East Durham Park, East End Park, Walltown Park, Lyon Park, and Northgate Park.
Environmental assessment experts, Mid-Atlantic Associates, have been hired to conduct this study. Mid-Atlantic Associates is an engineering and environmental consulting firm that has worked in Durham for a number of years and provided their expertise on many large-scale projects, including a Brownfields assessment and remediation services to support the redevelopment of Golden Belt in downtown Durham.
Mid-Atlantic will conduct an environmental assessment of all five parks following the guidelines established through the NCDEQ’s Registered Environmental Consultant Program.
Yes. The areas identified as areas of potential concern in the student report are not high traffic areas or playgrounds. The sampling will not impact park use in any way. The City has also met with Durham County’s Public Health team who are supportive of continuing use of the parks with the information available at this time.
NO play areas were identified in the student report as potentially concerning.
Signage noting that environmental soil and property testing is underway will be installed in all five parks. The signs will include a website link and QR code to the City’s website with more information about the project.
The Durham County Department of Public Health manages the Lead Education and Assessment Program (LEAP), which offers services to increase lead education and awareness. You may email their staff or call 919-560-4842 for further information and assistance.
Yes. Durham’s drinking water is safe to drink and use and is tested daily for lead and other contaminants. There are no detectable levels of lead in water leaving Durham’s Water Treatment Plants and the results from the student report do not impact City of Durham drinking water.
More information will be available in the coming weeks online at dprplaymore.org.
The City is planning a public information session in late June at City Hall to inform the community about the study and answer questions. There will be options for attending in person, virtually, or watching live. Once the date and time are finalized, this information will be posted on the project webpage and shared with the community as well.
The environmental assessment will take about 5-6 weeks and the City will communicate results in late July. A second public meeting will be held at this time. The environmental assessment results and any recommendations from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ)-certified contractor will determine next steps.
Phone: 919-560-4355 ext. 27501
400 Cleveland Street
Durham, NC 27701
If your outdoor event requires the temporary closure of a City street or sidewalk, you must obtain a special event permit from the City of Durham.
Permit applications are due either 60 BUSINESS or 15 BUSINESS days before the event.
If you can answer "yes" to any of the event characteristics below, your application is due 60 days before the event.
If you cannot answer "yes" to any of the event characteristics below, your application is due 15 days before the event.
While not required, it is highly recommended to have the following forms and permits submitted (if applicable):
Availability is subject to the schedules of preexisting programs, events, classes, and other activities.
Those interested in hosting a special event in a DPR facility must apply and reserve the facility or space through DPR directly (See Rentals | Durham Parks & Recreation)
The application fee and damage deposit must be paid in full. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 560-4355, ext. 27202.
Please note that for some events in DPR outdoor spaces, a special event permit may be required. The purpose of the DPR rental agreement is solely to permit to use the designated space or facility.
Please keep in mind that DPR outdoor spaces (ex: trails, fields, and shelters) are public spaces and in some cases must remain open to the general public; therefore, the rental agreement does not guarantee exclusive use of those spaces.
To obtain an ABC permit, please contact Officer Wilkinson, Durham Police Department, 919-560-4322, ext 29173 or Andrew.Wilkinson@durhamnc.gov
Once an application is turned in, it takes about 3-4 weeks to obtain a permit.
The need for security and other police services will be determined and enforced by the City of Durham Police Department for all events. (Depending on the size and nature of the event, police services may include security, traffic control, parking direction, route layout, etc.)
For events on public property at which any type of alcohol will be served, Event Coordinators are required to hire off-duty law enforcement officers (e.g., Durham Police Department officers, Durham County Sheriff’s deputies, etc.) as event security. If you choose to hire Durham Police Department officers for your event, you are responsible for contacting the City of Durham Police Department Secondary Employment Coordinator at (919) 560-4322, ext. 29183 to schedule the officers for your event. Fees are due by cash or check within 15 days of the event. More information is available on the City’s website at https://durhamnc.gov/190/Secondary-Employment-Information.
In the event of cancellation, it is the Event Coordinator's responsibility to cancel event security 72 hours prior to the event. Failure to do so will result in the Event Coordinator being responsible for full payment to the security officers at the Police Department's established minimum rate.
If the Event Coordinator wishes to use waste receptacles provided by the City, a Cart Request must be submitted 30 days prior to the event.
Event coordinators should visit Special Events Cart Information and Request Form for general information and to fill out the request form. Information on the number of carts recommended and the associated fees are found in the Special Event Guidelines document.
Questions? Contact the Solid Waste Department at (919) 560-4186.
The SERT is the Special Events Review Team. Large-scale, complex, or new events may be subject to additional review by the SERT before their event permit is approved.
The goal of the SERT is to assist the event organizer in ensuring that they have considered or acted on all necessary processes, applications, and components necessary to put on a successful event. The SERT is not a governing body and their goal is not to deny your application.
Durham's Office of Economic and Workforce Development has put together a guide to walk you through the process of registering and operating a food truck within City limits. You can find the guide at this link.
No decisions have been made. The consultant team will first evaluate existing structures and determine the feasibility of different facilities at each site. We will ask East Durham residents what features they would like to see.
Durham prepared and adopted the Aquatics Facilities Master Plan in 2017 to guide development and placement of future aquatics facilities. The sites being studied were identified as underserved due to age or lack of facilities. Long Meadow pool dates from 1963.
Wheels Fun Park closed during COVID-19 and was acquired by the City in 2021. Most recently, it was used by Duke Health as a testing/vaccination site. We are seeking public input to help determine the 8-acre site’s future.
The project is just getting underway. Estimated completion of the study and conceptual designs is Fall 2022.
The General Services Department is managing the project with input from Neighborhood Improvement Services to ensure equitable participation. We will be working with residents, churches, schools, and many other organizations in East Durham, guided by the spirit and intent of the Equitable Community Engagement Blueprint.
A committee of Durham residents, many that live and work in the project areas, will meet monthly with the consultant team and staff to plan engagement activities and review project materials and concepts. The team will utilize community residents, including youth, to distribute and share information and lead/participate in events. Compensation is available.
No decisions have been made about the site’s future. The consultant team will evaluate the facilities and develop recreation concepts for the 8-acre site. Plans will likely include an outdoor aquatics facility, as identified in the Aquatics Facilities Master Plan. The same process will occur at the other two sites.
Improvement to the Wheels site will become part of the overall recreation system for the east side of the City, as well as supplement and complement recreation facilities at Merrick-Moore Park, formerly referred to as Hoover Road Park or Park on Hoover Road.
Our team of consultants, staff and residents will be at your church, bus stop, school, recreation center, as well as events in the community. We will post information on the DPR website, Facebook, Instagram, “Be Connected Durham”, and in the existing newsletter. For information about upcoming engagement events, visit our website calendar.
Yes, you will be able to view translated material. Printed handouts and surveys, as well as a translator will be on hand at events.