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Hillside Park

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  1. Baseball / Softball Field - Youth
  2. Basketball
  3. Field Lights
  4. Futsal Court
  5. Grill
  6. Picnic Shelter
  7. Picnic Tables
  8. Playground (Ages 5-12)
  9. Pool
  10. Restrooms
  11. Sprayground
  12. Swimming Pool
  13. Water Fountain
With so much to offer, Hillside Park has something for everyone! It has picnic shelters, a playground and baseball/softball fields. This park is also a short walk to the W.D. Hill Recreation Center.

Visit the picnic shelter rentals page for complete details on renting the shelters at Hillside Park.

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

Hillside Park also includes an outdoor pool and sprayground that are open during the summer months!


As recorded in Open Durham, an online archive of Durham’s architectural history, Hillside Park has played an important place in the history of Durham.

In 1922, the Whitted school, originally named Hillside Park High School, was built as one of the first schools for African-Americans in a time where racial segregation dominated. On the other end of the park, the Algonquin Tennis Club was an African-American institution where a young Arthur Ashe and a visiting Althea Gibson once played. When the tennis club burned down in the 1960s, the recreation center was built in it’s place.

Today, W.D. Hill is a short bike ride from downtown, and connects to Hillside Park which boasts a Futsal court, playground, basketball courts, baseball fields, picnic tables, a shelter, a sprayground and more.