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Crest Street Park

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  1. Baseball / Softball - Adult
  2. Basketball
  3. Little Library
  4. Picnic Shelter
  5. Picnic Tables
  6. Playground (Ages 2-12)
  7. Restrooms
  8. Swings - Standard
  9. Water Fountain
This 6.83 acre park is located in west central Durham. The W.I. Patterson Recreation Center is located on this property and serves as a summer camp location for Durham Parks and Recreation.

Visit the picnic shelter rentals page for complete details on renting the shelter at Crest Street Park.

Visit the athletic rentals page for complete details on renting a field at Crest Street Park.


The location of this park and recreation center has undergone several major changes during its history. It was originally called "Hickstown," named after its owner Hawkins Hicks. In 1922, a three teacher school was built on the property, named Hickstown School, and grew in funding and size for the next five years, being a key attribution to the huge growth in Durham County at the time. This school was demolished in 1956 and replaced with a modern brick structure in the late 1950s that was used for only 10 years. It has now been divided into senior housing and the W.I. Patterson Recreation Center.