COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

As of May 14, 2021, Durham is under North Carolina Executive Order 215. For additional information visit the City of Durham COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates & Resources page.

During these challenging times, the health and safety of our residents and staff are our top priority. As we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.


  • Parks
  • Park Restrooms
  • Playgrounds
    • The playground at W.D. Hill is closed while repairs are made after a power outage required work crews to dig up a portion of the surfacing in the playground.
    • The youth playground structure at Rockwood Park is temporarily closed and scheduled to be removed on Friday, May 14 (weather permitting). The playground will be closed during the removal. New playground equipment coming soon!
    • A portion of the playground at Wrightwood Park is scheduled to be removed. The rest of the equipment will remain for play until the new equipment is ready for installation.
    • The toddler playground structure at Long Meadow Park is temporarily closed and scheduled to be removed on Friday, May 14 (weather permitting). The playground will be closed during the removal. New playground equipment coming soon!
    • The swings at Lyon Park are closed due to construction on the restroom building next to them. The swings will reopen once construction is complete. Construction is anticipated to be completed in June (weather permitting).
  • Trails
  • Greenways
  • Tennis Courts
  • Pickleball Courts
  • Disc Golf Courses
    • The disc golf course baskets at holes 12 and 13 at Valley Springs Park have been temporarily removed due to construction.
    • The disc golf course at Bethesda Park is closed due to a sewer construction project.
  • Athletic Fields
  • Futsal Courts
  • Basketball Courts
  • Skate Park at Durham Central Park
  • Picnic Shelters - Picnic shelter rentals are available through October 31, 2021. Please visit the picnic shelter rentals page for complete details.
  • Campsites
  • Dog Parks - see below for additional details
  • City Lakes - Beginning Friday, May 28, permits for boat rentals at both Little River and Lake Michie will be available at the boathouse on a first-come, first-served basis. A lottery system is no longer in effect.

All park and trail users are required to comply with local and state restrictions.

As you recreate in Durham’s parks and trails, model social distancing by maintaining a safe distance (at least 6 feet) between you and other users. Masks are strongly recommended outdoors by the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) in crowded areas and higher-risk settings where social distancing is difficult. Please see below for additional recommendations.*

We have assigned off-duty officers to monitor our parks, and we also ask that residents call the Police Non-emergency line at 919-560-4600 to report any violations of the current executive order or unsafe behavior.  

Limited Operations


  • Ropes Courses

Programs, Leagues, Activities, and Events

If you have any questions regarding specific programs please email

Special Use Facility Rentals for 2021

We are reopening our special use facilities in accordance with the current mandates and restrictions in place in North Carolina. Those interested in booking the Durham Armory, Spruce Pine Lodge, or the Forest Hills Neighborhood Clubhouse for an event in 2021 can submit a request using the Special Use Facility Rental Request Form beginning Monday, April 26, 2021, at 8 a.m.

All requests will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. A member of the reservations team will contact you to confirm the booking details. Once the reservation is made you will have 10 days to pay the security deposit and application fee. 

Any booking where payment is not made by the end of the 10 days will be removed and the date will reopen for others to reserve.

Visit our Special Use Facility Rentals page for additional information on these facilities.

Dog Parks

Entry is only permitted for dogs with a current dog park tag. Please do your part and practice social distancing in the dog parks by remaining at least 6 feet away from others. Masks are strongly recommended outdoors by the NCDHHS in crowded areas and higher-risk settings where social distancing is difficult. Dog park members are also expected to abide by the current mass gathering limitation. Owners are required to clean up after their dogs, both inside and outside the fenced area. Children under 12 years of age must be supervised by an adult and spectators (those without a dog) need to remain outside the fenced areas. All members must follow these rules in addition to all other dog park rules and regulations. Please visit our Canine Recreation page for a complete list of dog park rules and for dog park tag registration information.

*Additional Safety Recommendations

Additional recommendations include washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; and staying home when you are sick. The CDC recommends coughing or sneezing into a tissue and then throwing it away, or sneezing into your upper shirt, sleeve or elbow, completely covering your nose and mouth; use your elbow to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. 

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Visit the City of Durham’s website for additional information on the City’s updates and resources.