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

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

Tennis, pickleball, and basketball courts will be resurfaced. Construction is expected to begin in late August and completed in September 2022.

Downtown Durham Rail Trail

The Downtown Durham Rail Trail is an approximately two-mile trail planned for downtown Durham. The trail will connect and provide safe transportation and recreation between the Durham Station and Avondale Drive. This two-mile, 18-acre historic railway corridor travels through the heart of downtown Durham, the Durham Innovation District, the historic Pearl Mill neighborhood, the S. Ellerbe Restoration Project, and through the fringes of the Trinity Park and Duke Park neighborhoods to connect to the E. Trinity Avenue neighborhood and the Avondale Drive business/commercial area. Review the Downtown Durham Rail Trail Fact Sheet for more information including the project schedule and funding as well as a map. Important update regarding the funding gap noted on Fact Sheet - the City received a RAISE grant in late 2021 to reduce the funding gap.

August 16, 2022: Workshop #2 - Connections

Streets, Mobility, Parking, Trailheads, Destinations

Where: Durham Station Overview Room 515
Pettigrew Street
Durham, NC 27701
When: 6pm-8pm

September 28, 2022: Public Meeting #2

Where: Durham Armory
212 Foster Street
Durham, NC 27701
When: 6pm-8pm
Join this meeting on zoom!

Notice Under the Americans with Disabilities Act: Persons who require assistance should call 919-560-4197 or e-mail ADA@durhamnc.gov no later than 48 hours before the event.

East End Park - Basketball Court Lighting

East End Park will be receiving new athletic court lighting, specifically at the basketball court. Construction is expected to be completed Spring 2023.

Lakeview Park

Lakeview Park will begin construction on various park amenities in late 2022, including installation of a new restroom facility near the playground, updates to the basketball courts, and new ADA accessible sidewalks. 

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. A year-round restroom was opened in 2022. Community engagement opportunities began 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 - Shelter Playground

We're excited to move on to the next phase of enhancements at Merrick-Moore Park. This will include a playground, art sculptures, walking trails, and other park amenities scheduled to be complete in 2023.  

Northgate Park

Stormwater infrastructure replacement work will be taking place on W. Club Boulevard between Acadia Street and Farthing Street. Vehicular traffic will periodically be reduced to single lane closures with detours in place. Portions of the sidewalk on the Northgate Park side of W. Club Boulevard will be closed. Construction is expected to be completed October 2022.

Piney Wood Park - Pickleball Court Lighting

Piney Wood Park will be receiving new athletic court lighting, specifically at the pickleball courts (formerly tennis courts). Construction is expected to be completed Spring 2023.

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 - NEW Dog Park

A new dog park will be located directly off the newly repaved Vietnam Memorial/Rock Quarry Spur Trail between Edison Johnson Recreation Center and Rock Quarry Park. Vegetation removal took place in March 2022. Construction is expected to be completed in Fall 2022.

R. Kelly Bryant Bridge Trail

The R. Kelly Bryant Bridge Trail is an approximately three-mile trail planned for southeastern/eastern Durham. The southern termini is the intersection of Dakota Street and NC/55 Alston Avenue and the northern termini is Drew/Granby Park on Drew Street. The Trail will connect and provide safe transportation and recreation between the existing Rocky Creek Greenway, Elmira Park, N.C. Central University, Burton Park, the McDougald Terrace neighborhood, Burton Elementary School, the R. Kelly Bryant Pedestrian Bridge over NC 147, E. Main Street, Angier Avenue, the Eastway Neighborhood, Eastway Elementary, and Long Meadow and East End Parks. Review the R. Kelly Bryant Bridge Trail Fact Sheet for more information including the project schedule and funding as well as a map.

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.

Third Fork Creek Extension Trail

The Third Fork Creek Extension Trail is an approximately two-mile trail planned for southern Durham. The southern termini is the existing Third Fork Creek Trail in Southern Boundaries Park and the northern termini is the existing American Tobacco Trail at the intersection of Fayetteville Street. The Trail will connect and provide safe transportation and recreation between Southern Boundaries Park, Weaver Street Recreation Center, the Weaver Street Neighborhood, the forested corridor between Weaver Street and Fayetteville Street, and businesses and bus stops in the Fayetteville Street employment and commercial corridor. Review the Third Fork Creek Extension Trail Fact Sheet for more information including the project schedule and funding as well as a map.

Trail Repairs

Repaving of the existing asphalt on various trails throughout Durham began Spring 2022. The trails are being repaved to fix cracking, potholes, and minor drainage issues and add a center dashed line. 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.

Current Closures

  • The portion of Rocky Creek Trail, between the American Tobacco Trail and NC 55 is closed for repairs until construction is complete. Expected to be completed August 2022. View the Detour Map for recommended alternative routes.
  • The New Hope Creek Trail, between the traffic circle in the Park and Old Chapel Hill Road is closed for repairs until construction is complete. Expected to be completed July 29. View the Detour Map for recommended alternative routes. 
  • The portion of Warren Creek Trail, between Horton Road and Stadium Drive, is expected to be closed in late July or early August. View the Detour Map for recommended alternative routes.
  • The Vietnam Memorial/Rock Quarry Spur Trail, located between Edison Johnson Recreation Center and Rock Quarry Park, is expected to be completed in August.

Upcoming Closures

  • The American Tobacco Trail from Dunhill Road to NC-54 will be closed beginning mid August.

Now Open

  • The Ellerbee Creek Trail between W. Murray Avenue and Club Blvd is now open. 
  • The portion of West Ellerbee Creek Trail between Maryland Avenue and Albany Street is now open.
  • The portion of South Ellerbee Creek Trail between W. Club Boulevard to Dacian Avenue is now open.

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 for public safety in 2023.