Trail winding through a park

Durham has great places to play! The City's parks serve as sites for many of Durham Parks and Recreation's athletic leagues, activities, and events. More than 65 parks are available for public use with more planned for future development.

Report Injury or Illness

Customers and residents are encouraged to immediately report any injury or illness received as a result of participation in leisure services provided by or at City of Durham Parks and Recreation facilities, parks, and trails. Please call 919-560-4355 to file an accident report.

Report Illegal Activity

If you see illegal activity in any park at any time, contact the police by dialing 911.


Hunting is not allowed in city parks or lakes.

Park Rentals

Durham's parks, trails, and facilities can serve as great sites for your next event or family gathering. Many of our parks offer rentals of picnic shelters, athletic fields, event fields, and more! Visit our rentals page for more information.

Park Amenities

Looking for a specific park amenity? Search parks and facilities by features.

Park Winterization

Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) will close certain park amenities by mid-November that are subject to freezing, this includes irrigation systems, park restrooms, and drinking fountains. 

Since 2014 DPR has been upgrading park restrooms in high-use parks to make them resistant to freezing year-round. Except for extreme sustained cold, these restrooms are available to residents to use year-round. Year-round restrooms can currently be found at the following locations:

  • Bethesda Park
  • C.M. Herndon Park
  • Duke Park
  • East End Park
  • Garrett Road Park
  • Long Meadow Park
  • Sherwood Park
  • Solite Park
  • Southern Boundaries Park
  • Twin Lakes Park
  • West Point on the Eno Park
  • Whippoorwill Park

Please note, while we make every effort to have these restrooms open year-round, there are sometimes unforeseen circumstances and/or maintenance issues that may cause us to temporarily close park restrooms. 

Year-round Restrooms Coming in 2021!

  • Crest Street Park
  • Lyon Park
  • Red Maple Park