COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

Starting March 26 at 5 p.m. Durham is under North Carolina Executive Order 204 through at least April 30. For complete details 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 and adhering to the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to prevent the spread of the virus.


  • DPR Administration Building - Staff are available on Monday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesday-Friday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. to answer calls and/or for pre-scheduled appointments. Please call 919-560-4355 for assistance.
  • 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. New playground equipment coming soon!
    • A portion of the playground at Wrightwood Park will soon be removed, and the rest of the equipment will remain for play until the new equipment is ready for installation. Fill out a short survey by Friday, April 16 to let us know your favorite playground design.
    • The toddler playground structure at Long Meadow Park is temporarily closed. New playground equipment coming soon! Fill out a short survey by Thursday, April 22 to let us know your favorite playground design!
  • Trails
  • Greenways
  • City Lakes - Lake Michie and Little River Lake are open with limited operations and capacities. A lottery system is in place for both lakes.
  • 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 - Anyone using picnic shelters is required to comply with local and state restrictions including mass gathering size. 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
  • Indoor Pools - Lap lane swimming is available by reservation only. Visit the Indoor Pool Lap Lane Reservation page for complete details.

All park and trail users are required to comply with local and state restrictions including mass gathering size. 

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. If you are unable to stay at least six feet away from others outside of your household please be sure to wear your mask or face covering. 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.  


  • All Recreation Centers - with the exception of select preregistered programs
  • Ropes Courses

Programs, Leagues, Activities, and Events

If you have any questions regarding specific programs please email

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. A face covering will be required if social distancing is not possible. 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.


  • The 2021 Durham Armory Reservation Meeting has been postponed. Please check back for updates.

*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. Those who are high risk including those who are 65 years of age or older, have long-term medical conditions, or those who have weak immune systems are advised to stay home per the guidelines of the CDC.  

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