View all facilities

Environmental Education Pavilion

Subfacility of West Point on the Eno

About the Environmental Education Pavilion


The Environmental Education Pavilion is Durham Parks and Recreation's first facility dedicated to environmental education. 

Programming


The Environmental Education Pavilion offers programs year round. Pick up a copy of the Play More guide at any facility, the administration office, or view it online for current programs.

History


In November 2017, Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the Durham Parks Foundation (DPF) joined together with NC State School of Design's Summer Design Studio to design and build an Environmental Education Pavilion at West Point on the Eno Park. In just 10 weeks, 15 architecture students designed and built the pavilion.

During the design phase, students met with DPR staff to understand the needs of programmers, maintenance, and park planning over several sessions culminating with the "winning" design. Next, the students created more detailed plans to build from, and by the end of June 2018, they were on site at West Point on the Eno. The footings were poured right before the 4th of July, and the facility reached substantial completion by July 27, 2018.

The second phase of this project, funded by grants and donations to the Durham Parks Foundation, includes extending electricity to the Pavilion, restoring the field to a native piedmont prairie, planting demonstration gardens, adding an astronomy area, and adding a camp fire circle.