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All patrons must wear proper swimming attire in the pool. There are additional exceptions for the outdoor pools which are: males can wear athletic shorts with a functional drawstring and boxers/briefs underneath and females can wear athletic shorts with a functional drawstring and panties underneath. Females can also wear a t-shirt with a sports bra underneath.
We do not provide towels. All of the pools have lockers available for patron use. Patrons are encouraged to bring a lock to secure their belongings.
U.S Coast Guard approved flotation devices (life jackets) are allowed but not inflatable devices or toys. Parents must remain with children in flotation devices and they are not allowed in the deep end. There are a limited number of life jackets available for patron use at each pool.
During recreational swim, only goggles, which cover just the eyes, are allowed. Masks, fins, and snorkels are allowed during lap swim times and snorkel classes.
During recreational swim noodles, kickboards and other swim and exercise aides are not permitted. Toys such as squirt guns, balls and other items that endanger the safety or enjoyment of other swimmers are not permitted.
Yes, if your child is 5 years old or younger, and/or is less than 4 feet tall, an adult, 18 years or older, must be in the water with them. Children 6 to 9 years old who are more than 4 feet tall can swim on their own, but an adult must be present in the pool area with them.
If you would like to exercise on your own you can come during any of the lap swim times. Recreational swim is unstructured time for everyone.
Turf Field with lights
$60 per hour
Turf Field without light
$40 per hour
Herndon Small Turf Field with lights
Herndon Small Turf Field without lights
$20 per hour
Grass Field with lights
Grass Field without lights
Courts (Basketball and Futsal)
$5 per hour
$3 per hour per court
A Certificate of Insurance is a document that proves that the applicant has Comprehensive General Liability insurance to cover any liability claims, whether personal or damage, which may occur during use of the park property. The City of Durham must be named an additional insured on the policy.
Please visit the Field Options and Dimensions section on the Durham Parks and Recreation website.
We encourage community events that are open to the public! Any organized event on DPR property must have an approved / issued permit.
You can pay in-person or online. Visit our website and log in for more information.
At the approved start time of your rental and someone is still on the field, show them the permit and ask them to leave. If they do not leave, call the non-emergency police number 919-560-4600.
Each organization should have only one contact person that a DPR staff member will work with. If there is to be a change in your DPR contact, we will let you know right away. If your organization plans on appointing a new point of contact, we ask that you give us as much notice as possible.
If you are looking for exclusive use of the field, you will need to fill out a Field Request Form on our website. If you are just checking for availability, you can call 919-560-4355 and ask to speak with someone in Athletics in regards to field availability. Any organized activities will require a permit.
Pay your balance online, at our Administration Office located at 400 Cleveland Street, or any recreation center.
An in-person meeting to reserve the Durham Armory for the following year.
The meeting will take place at The Durham Armory located at 220 Foster Street, Durham, NC.
We do not have onsite parking. You must park in the parking garage or any available street parking. Please be mindful that you may have to pay to park.
We recommend setting aside 2 to 3 hours for the meeting. It takes a while to go through all the numbers in order, set up all the reservations, and take payments.
To have the best chance of getting your desired date you should attend the meeting. We will not take reservations for the Armory via e-mail or telephone until after the annual scheduling meeting has concluded.
Most, if not all Saturdays are usually taken during the annual meeting. The best chance to get your preferred date is to attend the annual meeting.
Yes, but they will be required to:
Every client will be given the opportunity to pick a number. This number will determine what order you will be called to pick your date. If your date is already taken by either another client or Durham Parks and Recreation, you will need to choose an alternate date. We suggest you have at least 3 dates to choose from.
No. You must be registered in order to attend the meeting. Only one person per event will be allowed to register.
Yes, you will be required to pay the security deposit and application fee before leaving. If you cannot pay the security deposit and application fee, we will delete the reservation and open the date up for another client. All other fees will be due 45 days prior to the requested date of use.
You can reserve consecutive dates (ex. March 13 & March 14) at the same time.
You cannot reserve nonconsecutive dates (ex. March 13 & July 3) at the same time.
After all the numbers have been called, that will conclude the first round and the second round will begin. Numbers will be called in the same order.
Once numbers are being drawn, no new clients just arriving will be able to enter the room until everyone has drawn a number. After everyone in the room has drawn a number, new clients will be assigned the next number as they arrive. (ex. If 35 clients have drawn, the next person to arrive will be assigned number 36 and so on)
Our system is set-up to reserve facilities for every “Activity Number.” Your child’s activity number, whether it be the 6-8 division, the 9-10 division, or the 11-13 division, is associated with a field in our system when you register, but not for practices or games. At this time, coaches decide when and where practices will be based on our field availability, and they are consistent throughout the season. Your coach will let you know about your practice day, time, and location after registration is closed and you have been assigned to a team. The majority of coaches do not change their practice day, time, or location in-between seasons, but they do have the ability to do so.
Starting in the fall 2019 season, the only exception that will be made for players to register for an older division will be if their pre-existing team decides to move up, and they want to stay with their team. We are not able to allow individuals to play up based off of size or skill level, but will make exceptions if a player wants to stay with their team.
If your schedule has changed, or you were dissatisfied with the team you were on in the previous season, you will certainly need to let the league coordinator know. If your schedule has changed, simply adjust that information when registering. If you were dissatisfied with the previous coach or team, please contact the league coordinator immediately and inform him/her of any issues. If you have any issues during the season, please contact the league coordinator immediately.
Uniforms are handed out to the coaches during the first few practices of the fall season. Please be sure to update your child’s shirt size every time you register. If you are registering your daughter to play in DGSL for the first time in the spring, your coach will give you a shirt at one of your first practices.
The league coordinator attempts each season to create rosters based off of every registrant’s requests. There will be situations in which siblings, friends, classmates, or neighbors cannot be placed on the same team, practice night or location, but the coordinator takes all requests into account and will manage the rosters accordingly. When registering, please indicate any preference or request at the time of registration. If a certain “request” is absolutely necessary, then please indicate that as well. If these requests/needs are unable to be met, the league coordinator will contact you after registration is complete.
The High Ropes Discovery Course is designed to challenge an individual’s perceived limitations and sense of adventure, as well as build self-esteem and teach reliance upon others. Above all, it’s intended as an enjoyable “peak” experience for participants.
In general, the course is for group use. Groups can be made of several families who want to try the course or other community and corporate groups. Individuals who wish to try the course may register for the High Ropes Discovery Day programs which are offered at various times throughout the year.
The course is open to participants 7 years and older. Youth ages 7 to 9 must have a parent accompany and guide them on the course.
Every group is different, but a program typically lasts four hours from ground school to course completion.
Athletic-type wear is recommended-clothing in which you can move comfortably. Closed-toe shoes are required for participation.
Our fees are competitively set for the Triangle market and are approved by Durham City Council on an annual basis. Because they are approved annually, we do not have the ability to negotiate fees.
Not at the moment, but coming soon!
A $100 deposit is due within five (5) business days of initial consultation and commitment; full payment, with registration forms, is due by the day before the scheduled program or within thirty (30) days, whichever is sooner.
The number of participants we take on the course at any given time is age-dependent, so we recommend you call and discuss your group’s makeup.
The course is located in Bethesda Park at 1814 Stage Road in Durham.
Programs go forward in mild inclement weather, i.e. light rain, light wind and chilly weather. Extreme heat (95 degrees+), cold, wind and dangerous storm conditions which endanger the safety of the participant may result in the postponement or cancellation of the program.
At its peak, the course is 55 feet high!
The High Ropes Discovery Course allows individuals to choose their own path through the structure, as opposed to having a pre-determined route. That flexibility empowers participants to decide how much challenge they desire.
In addition to years of outdoor leadership experience, our staff are all Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) certified high and low course practitioners.
No decisions have been made. The consultant team will first evaluate existing structures and determine the feasibility of different facilities at each site. We will ask East Durham residents what features they would like to see.
Durham prepared and adopted the Aquatics Facilities Master Plan in 2017 to guide development and placement of future aquatics facilities. The sites being studied were identified as underserved due to age or lack of facilities. Long Meadow pool dates from 1963.
Wheels Fun Park closed during COVID-19 and was acquired by the City in 2021. Most recently, it was used by Duke Health as a testing/vaccination site. We are seeking public input to help determine the 8-acre site’s future.
The project is just getting underway. Estimated completion of the study and conceptual designs is Fall 2022.
The General Services Department is managing the project with input from Neighborhood Improvement Services to ensure equitable participation. We will be working with residents, churches, schools, and many other organizations in East Durham, guided by the spirit and intent of the Equitable Community Engagement Blueprint.
A committee of Durham residents, many that live and work in the project areas, will meet monthly with the consultant team and staff to plan engagement activities and review project materials and concepts. The team will utilize community residents, including youth, to distribute and share information and lead/participate in events. Compensation is available.
No decisions have been made about the site’s future. The consultant team will evaluate the facilities and develop recreation concepts for the 8-acre site. Plans will likely include an outdoor aquatics facility, as identified in the Aquatics Facilities Master Plan. The same process will occur at the other two sites.
Improvement to the Wheels site will become part of the overall recreation system for the east side of the City, as well as supplement and complement recreation facilities at Merrick-Moore Park, formerly referred to as Hoover Road Park or Park on Hoover Road.
Our team of consultants, staff and residents will be at your church, bus stop, school, recreation center, as well as events in the community. We will post information on the DPR website, Facebook, Instagram, “Be Connected Durham”, and in the existing newsletter. For information about upcoming engagement events, visit our website calendar.
Yes, you will be able to view translated material. Printed handouts and surveys, as well as a translator will be on hand at events.