Construction Projects and Maintenance

Construction at Park

Construction Projects and Maintenance

Learn about construction projects and maintenance taking place at Durham parks, trails and facilities. Stay up to date with the latest details and information on improvements.

Bethesda Park - Sewer Construction Project

Due to a sewer construction project, foot traffic to certain areas in Bethesda Park is limited. Park users should use caution when accessing the trails in the park. 

The disc golf course at Bethesda Park is closed until further notice.

Downtown Durham Skate Park

The Downtown Durham Skate Park will be receiving additions to the plaza. Construction is expected to be completed Spring 2022. During construction to the plaza, the Skate Park will remain open.

East End Park and Piney Wood Park - Athletic Court Lighting

East End Park and Piney Wood Park will be receiving new athletic court lighting, specifically at the basketball court and pickleball courts. Construction is expected to be completed Summer 2022.

Edison Johnson Recreation Center

A portion of the parking lot at Edison Johnson Recreation Center will be undergoing sewer line repair. Construction is expected to begin late January 2022. Estimated completion is Spring 2022.

Beginning Monday, April 4, a portion of the Edison Johnson Recreation Center parking lot, located at 500 W Murray Avenue, will be closed for sinkhole repairs. Construction is expected to last between 30 and 60 days.

Forest Hills Park - Sprayground

On Monday, April 25, repairs will begin on the sprayground at Forest Hills Park. The surfacing will be pulled up to in order to determine scope of construction and next steps in the repair process. Please note: the sprayground is currently closed for the season. Construction is expected to be completed June 2022.

Lakeview Park

Beginning January 2022, Lakeview Park will begin construction on various park amenities. The old restroom building has been demolished and will be replaced in late Fall 2022. The basketball court has been repaired and restriped and minor repair work was completed to the sidewalks and culverts.

Long Meadow Park

The ballfield dugouts at Long Meadow Park are being removed and replaced. Construction is expected to be completed in Spring 2022.

Lyon Park

Lyon Park is a multi-use community park in West Central Durham situated between West End, Morehead Hill, Forest Hills, and Lakewood Park neighborhoods. The Lyon Park Plan created in 2018 identified a variety of opportunities to add new features and increase positive activity throughout the park. Community engagement opportunities will begin Summer 2022 and construction is expected to be completed in Fall 2023. For more information, visit the General Services - Lyon Park Renovations page.

Merrick-Moore Park

Opening soon in East Durham! This 50 acre site is located off Hoover Road across from the Wheels Fun Park. Features of the park include a tournament level Athletic Park consisting of three natural turf soccer fields, a competition natural turf field, parking, picnic shelter and restroom building. A playground, walking trails and other park amenities will be installed by Summer 2022. For more information about this project, including community engagement opportunities, visit the Merrick-Moore Park page. 

Morreene Road Park

Park beautification efforts will take place at Morreene Road Park through June 2022. In addition, repair work will be completed for erosion as well as basketball court maintenance. This project is expected to be completed in June 2022.

Red Maple Park

The restroom building has been replaced with a year-round CXT restroom building, featuring 2 all-gender bathrooms to use. Restroom is closed until plumbing, electrical hook-ups, and inspections are complete. Estimated opening of the restrooms is Spring 2022.

Check out the process for installing a year-round restroom on the DPR YouTube Channel.

Rock Quarry Park

Construction is underway at Rock Quarry Park and is expected to be completed Spring 2022. Please stay safe and respect construction fencing and signage.

Rock Quarry Park will receive some new park amenities to include a stage platform with electrical service upgrades, an accessible path, a planted stormwater basin, water service, stream bank restoration, and a new 12’ wide bridge and park entrance over Ellerbee Creek near the National Guard Armory. The park's new features will also include a sculpture art structure and a dog park.

Renovations will take place through the Fall, weather permitting. During construction, the field will be closed to allow heavy equipment, demolition, earthmoving, and paving in the park. Work will also be taking place alongside the Vietnam Veterans Trail. Parking near the tennis courts may be limited at times. The restroom at the tennis courts will be renovated as well. The tennis courts will remain open.

Visit the General Services - Rock Quarry Park page for additional information.

Rock Quarry Park - Restrooms Closed

The restrooms at Rock Quarry Park are closed due to underground blockage. While the restrooms are under maintenance, a portable restroom is available for use.

Rock Quarry Park - Scout Memorial Dog Park

Rock Quarry Park will be home to a new dog park in Durham, the Scout Memorial Dog Park. It will be located between the Vietnam Memorial/Rock Quarry Spur Trail and Loop Trail. Vegetation removal took place in March 2022. Construction is expected to be completed in Summer 2022.

Rocky Creek Trail

The bridge near Rocky Creek Trail at Corona St will be removed. A portion of the trail will be closed for a fay days while heavy equipment is in use. This project is expected to be completed by Spring 2022.

Snow Hill Park - Soccer Fields 1 & 2

Due to extensive damage to the fields, the Snow Hill Road Park Soccer Fields 1 and 2, located at 619 Snow Hill Road, are closed for maintenance and repair until further notice.

Solite Park

The volleyball courts at Solite Park are under repair due to sidewalk construction impacts. Construction is expected to be completed in Spring 2022.

Trail Repairs

Repaving of the existing asphalt on various trails throughout Durham began Spring 2022. While under construction, portions of the trails will be closed until complete. Construction is expected to be completed Spring 2023. For additional information about this project, visit the City of Durham Public Works page and check out the 2022-2023 Trail Repair Project Map.

  • Beginning March 28, the portion of Ellerbee Creek Trail between W. Murray Avenue and Stadium Drive will be closed for repairs until construction is complete. 
  • Beginning April 18, the portion of Ellerbee Creek Trail between W. Murray Avenue and Club Boulevard will be closed for repairs until construction is complete. View the Detour Map for recommended alternative routes.
  • Beginning May 2, the portion of South Ellerbee Creek Trail between W. Club Boulevard to Green Street will be closed for repairs until construction is complete.

Please note, once a portion of the trail is closed for repair, the site is considered an active construction zone and must be avoided due to the dangerous conditions. Interruptions, such as foot traffic and use of the trail, during the repair process will cause delays in reopening the trail. Please be mindful of the barricades and signage, which signify a trail closure. Trail users are encouraged to discover and use other trails during that period of time.

Westover Park

The Maryland Ave bridge will be removed Summer 2022 for public safety. Construction is expected to be completed December 2022.

West Point on the Eno - Sewer Relocation Project

The Department of Water Management is undertaking a sanitary sewer relocation project within the historic area of West Point on the Eno, located at 5101 N Roxboro Street, near the Mill. The existing sewer is in poor condition and has the potential to leak. Given its proximity to the Eno River and the West Point on the Eno park, the department will be relocating and installing new pipe. The work began with select tree removal, followed by drilling/blasting of bedrock, and then pipe installation. 

A preconstruction inspection of the Mill and nearby structures has been completed to avoid any damage. A mill wright will be on hand to monitor the mill structure. Much of the lower portions of the park will be closed to vehicles during construction, and pedestrians must use caution and follow construction signage.