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W.D. Hill Recreation Center

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  1. Fitness Center
  2. Futsal Court
  3. Gymnasium
  4. Parking Lot
  5. Playground
  6. Tennis Courts
The W.D. Hill Recreation Center is currently closed for renovations. Please check back soon for updates.

The playground at W.D. Hill is closed while repairs are made after a power outage required work crews to dig up a portion of the surfacing in the playground.

The W.D. Hill Recreation Center is located at the intersection of Fayetteville Street and Massey Street, surrounded by local landmarks, such as the Hayti Heritage Center, North Carolina Central University, and the Lincoln Community Health Center.

W.D. Hill Fitness Center

The fitness center at W.D. Hill offers a variety of equipment for your cardio, core and strength workout needs. Please bring your own towel.
  • Cardio equipment: treadmills, ‘stationary’ mountain bikes and jump ropes
  • Core equipment: stability balls, medicine balls, kettlebells and a designated area for floor exercises
  • Strength equipment: free weights (with smith cage and bench), dumbbells and resistance bands


W.D. Hill offers programs for all ages all year round. View our Play More Guide online or search ActiveNet for our current programs.


Due to renovations, we are currently not accepting reservations at W.D. Hill Recreation Center. Please check back soon for updates.

W.D. Hill Recreation Center has a variety of rooms available to rent for your next meeting, birthday party, baby shower, etc. Visit the Photo Gallery for a look inside.

For availability, complete a Recreation Center Rental Request Form.

Room Capacity Details
Gymnasium 400 Includes use of bleachers & scoreboard
Multipurpose Room 85 Includes use of kitchen & room divider
Dance Studio 25 Equipped with ballet barres, mirrors & sound system
Multi-use Outdoor Futsal Court 100 Includes use of soccer goals, roller skates/blades, picnic shelter & portable picnic benches

Rental Fees
Refundable Deposit CR: $200 | NCR: $200 (Required for all rentals)
Application Fee CR: $15 | NCR: $15 (Non Refundable)
Food Fee CR: $25 | NCR: $25 (Assessed when food/beverages are served)
Gymnasium CR: $60 | NCR: $75/hour
Multipurpose Room CR: $30 | NCR: $75/hour
Dance Studio CR: $30 | NCR: $45/hour
Multi-use Outdoor Futsal Court CR: $5
NCR: $5/hour (1-25 people)
NCR: $15/hour (26-125 people)
NCR: $25/hour (126+ people)
Rentals outside of Non-operational hours CR: Add $15/hour | NCR: Add $15/hour
Admission Fees or Ticket Sales CR: $200 | NCR: $200
Custodial Fee/Table and Chair set up $25 (1-50 people)
$50 (51-100 people)
$75 (101-150 people)
$100 (151-200 people)
$125 (201-250 people)
$150 (251-300 people)
$175 (301-350 people)

Community Partnerships

The W.D. Hill Recreation Center welcomes outside community organizations and non-profit agencies to partner with DPR in offering shared vision programming. For additional information, please contact the recreation center.


The recreation center is named after William Daniel Hill (1890-1945), better known by his initials "W.D." Hill was an executive of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Co. and the prime mover in that firm's projects to serve Durham's African American youth. Working with John H. Wheeler of Mechanics and Farmers Bank, Hill lobbied for and won a USO Club for black GIs in Durham. After the war (WWII), the club was reorganized in Hill's memory as the W.D. Hill Community Center. (Museum of Durham History website)

On Thursday, August 15, 2019, a North Carolina Historical Marker was permanently added outside of the W.D. Hill Recreation Center to recognize the Algonquin Tennis Club. During the 1930s through the 1960s tennis greats Arthur Ashe, Althea Gibson, Johns Lucas, Bonnie Logan, Joe Williams, and Irwin Holmes played at the tennis club. The Algonquin Tennis Club gave African-American residents a place to gather to not only play tennis, but as a space for dances, receptions, card games, dinners, and more.

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, picnic shelter, sprayground and more.