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Durham Parks and Recreation News Flash

Posted on: February 5, 2019

Park and Trail Maintenance

C.M. Herndon Park - Field Conversion project

Beginning in early November, C.M. Herndon Park will undergo major renovations in the southwest portion of the site. Renovations will include the conversion of the small turf field into additional parking. This additional parking addresses the parking demand due to the increased use of the park facilities. Also, the park will transform the existing grass multi-purpose fields in the lower portion of the site into a synthetic turf multipurpose field. This item will provide a solution to increase programming capabilities for recreation. There will be a 10-month construction duration into the fall of 2021. Vehicular and pedestrian circulation will be modified during construction to maintain safety and control traffic during this process.

Valley Springs Park - ADA Improvements & Disc Golf 

Valley Springs Park will undergo accessibility improvements to include a year-round restroom, parking spaces, seating areas with companion benches, a water fountain, and improvements to sidewalks. The project also includes renovations to existing men’s and women’s restrooms, demolition and abandonment of a failed septic system, restroom connection to City sewer service, and replacement landscaping.

Please be advised that the Bar construction has begun cleaning around the bathroom building and removing debris from the site. Construction will start in earnest on the week of November 23. 

Starting the week of November 30, there will be heavy equipment operations for the sewer line, including blasting to remove rocks. Blasting operations have been permitted with the fire marshal and will follow all safety requirements and procedures. 

Visit the General Services - Valley Springs Park ADA Improvements page for additional information.

Due to construction, the disc golf course baskets at holes 12 and 13 have temporarily been removed.

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.

Rock Quarry Park - New Park Amenities

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 mid-May, weather permitting. During construction, residents should avoid any activity on the field as there will be heavy equipment, demolition, earthmoving, and paving in the park. No impact to the tennis courts is anticipated.

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

Campus Hills Park (I.R. Holmes, Sr. Recreation Center at Campus Hills) - Baseball Field Renovations

Renovations to the baseball field include the installation of new lighting, a new water line, and an irrigation system. This project has been completed, but the field will remain closed to allow the sod to take root. The field is projected to reopen to the public in mid-May 2021.

Snow Hill Road Park - Fields Closed

The soccer fields, baseball field, and softball field at Snow Hill Road Park are closed due to damage and not expected to reopen until mid-Summer 2021.

Long Meadow Park - Toddler Playground Structure Closed

New playground equipment coming soon! The small toddler playground area is temporarily closed.

Rockwood Park - Youth Playground Structure Closed

New playground equipment coming soon! The youth playground area is temporarily closed.

Wrightwood Park - Playground Updates

New playground equipment coming soon! A portion of the playground at Wrightwood Park will soon be removed. The rest of the equipment will remain for play until the new equipment is ready for installation. Help us select playground colors at Wrightwood Park by filling out the short survey by May 14!

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