FREE Yoga, MORE Movies and BIG Blossoms at Durham Central Park

Springtime at the Park

It happened so fast…The Park exploded into beauty and activity after a (seemingly brief) winter rest! Over the past few weeks, every time I’ve visited the Park, I’ve been greeted with scenes of bulbs blooming and fruit trees in flower, kids enjoying Mt. Merrill, people picnicking on the lawn, and a very busy skate park. I’m convinced that the Turtle looks even happier now that spring is here!

As spring really begins to kick into high gear, here are a few things to look forward to in the Park…

The Durham Farmers’ Market is back in summer mode!
strawberry Saturday summer hours of 8am-Noon have resumed a couple of weeks ago. Next week, the      Wednesday Market opens next week and will run through mid-October with the hours of 3:30-  6:30pm. Important note: STRAWBERRIES are now in season and are as sweet as can be!
DurhamFarmersMarket.com

 The Durham Craft Market has returned!
After a winter break, the Durham Craft Market is back in the Sister Cities Grove every Saturday  mornings from 8am-Noon. DurhamCraftMarket.com

Free Yoga in the Park Starts May 7th 

This summer, Blue Point Yoga will be offering free, all level yoga classes from 9-10am every Saturday from May 7 to August 27. Classes will be held in a NEW location: on the east side of Foster Street between the Skate Park and The Leaf in the shade.
More Info…

Durham Cinematheque Movies in the Park Lineup Announced
May 20: MAYBE YOU SHOULD QUIT
June 10: THINK IT MIGHT RAIN
July 1: MAKING ART IN THE UNIVERSE.
All shows start at 9:00. Admission – free/ pass the hat
Read more about the movies here…

Spring Volunteer Workdays Saturdays May 7 & June 4, 9am-Noon.
Help keep the Park beautiful and clean for everyone to enjoy. Once a month, a crew of volunteers helps with planting, gardening, and general beautification around the Park. Get your hands dirty and meet some new folks who love the Park as much as you do.

CONSTRUCTION REPORT
While there is lots of activity in the Park, you’ve probably noticed more activity just outside of the Park too. A new construction project has broken ground along the southwest corner of the Park. The Brannan, a 30 unit condominium, will be our new neighbors on Hunt Street. Construction should last about 18 months.

Over at the former Liberty Warehouse site, the big red crane is still moving around and the Liberty Warehouse Apartments are coming together fast. Recently, I met the owners of the bowling alley/restaurant that will be on ground floor on Foster Street. It is a locally owned business and they already have locations in Raleigh and Charleston.  They are  nice folks and will be a fun addition to the neighborhood. Liberty Warehouse construction is scheduled to be finished by the fall.

I hope you can stop by the Park sometime this spring! Grab a donut and enjoy the scenery…

See you at the Park!
Erin Kauffman
Executive Director

Volunteer WASTE WARRIORS receive incentives!

At Durham Central Park, we are committed to waste reduction, recycling AND composting, but we need your help, Waste Warriors. No experience is necessary. Teens are welcome–earn your community service hours. In return, you get a Durham Central Park t-shirt, free vouchers to use at the food truck of your choice, and a food feeling when you see how much you helped divert from the landfill! For more info and to sign up, visit: http://wp.me/P3BVey-EF

Dates: January 24, March 13, June 19, September 4, October 30 (our Food Truck Rodeos)

What does a Waste Warrior do?

  • Set up waste stations and signs
  • Set up volunteer tent
  • Staff the waste stations athat include composting and recycling stations (Waste Warrior)
  • Educate food truck customers on how to properly recycle and compost (Waste Warrior)
  • Sort waste into containers – trash, recycling, or compost – as needed (Waste Warrior)
  • Swap out recycling and compost buns when they get full (Waste Warrior)
  • Breakdown waste stations and signs
  • Sort waste from food truck’s trash and recycling containers
  • Break down volunteer tent

 

 

 

2015 In Review and how to boost our Cardinal Campaign

It’s been another great year for Durham Central Park and our year-end Cardinal Campaign is in full swing.

DCP, Inc. is a non-profit organization that develops, maintains and sustains this 5 acre urban park in the heart of downtown Durham. Though the land is owned by the city, we receive no public funds from the city or county. Our efforts are financially supported in three ways: rental fees, fundraising events such as Meals from the Market & Food Truck Rodeos, and donations through the Cardinal Campaign!

We are committed to maintaining a beautiful, welcoming green space for the entire Durham community and the city’s many visitors to enjoy. In order to do so, we use our funds to maintain the Pavilion and the gardens, pay our staff, host events that are free and open to the public, add features and upgrade facilities.

This year, we celebrated Mt. Merrill’s first anniversary! We have added shades to help keep the slides form getting too hot in the summer. In the coming weeks, we will be installing a new fence over the creek and benches designed by local artist, Al Frega. There are some major Park improvements in the works for 2016, including a walkway to connect Rigsbee Ave and Foster St., additional seating and shade, art installations, and a water fountain near Mt. Merrill.

To keep up this momentum, we need your support. Please consider making a year-end gift to DCP in one of the following ways:

  • Donate to the Cardinal Campaign through our website durhamcentralpark.org/donate or by mailing a check to PO Box 1526, Durham NC 27702
  • Donate through the Indy Give!Guide (give.indyweek.com) and get some great incentives from Beer Durham and Cocoa Cinnamon
  • Donate stocks, mutual funds, or securities to DCP by referencing the following info: Send to: Charles Schwab, DCT #0164, Acct#5986 5806

 

See you at the Park!

Erin Kauffman

2015 Meals from the Market breaks own record

A record $42,000 was raised for Durham Central Park this fall during Meals from the Market. “That means more and more improvements to downtown’s back yard, Durham Central Park” says Board member Lee Ann Tilley. From the casual “Trucks from the Market” mini food truck rodeo to meals hosted in private homes to the decadent “Evening in San Sebastian” at Mateo Bar de Tapas, hosts generously donate all their prep time and menu items, raise a major portion of DCP’s annual income and create community. Thank you!

An Evening in San Sebastian. Left to right: Nate Garyantes (chef, Mateo), Chris Garret, Matt Kelly (owner, Mateo), Lex Alexander (host), Andre Tamers (Des Maison Importers)
An Evening in San Sebastian. Left to right: Nate Garyantes (chef, Mateo), Chris Garret, Matt Kelly (owner, Mateo), Lex Alexander (host), Andre Tamers (Des Maison Importers)

 

 Dan Jewell, (just awarded "Outstanding Service By A Board Member" by Downtown Durham Inc. co-hosted "Octoberfest – the Best of the Wurst"

Dan Jewell, (just awarded “Outstanding Service By A Board Member” by Downtown Durham Inc. co-hosted “Octoberfest – the Best of the Wurst”

resizedDCP - Meals 2015 poster

Help DCP add Mt. Merrill drinking fountain, benches and more

Did you know that it’s been almost a year since Mt. Merrill officially opened?! Every Saturday, it is teeming with children running up the hills and zooming down the slides, thoroughly enjoying the outdoors.  Even on weekdays, families play there with home-schooled children or teachers with groups of children from nearby schools or the YMCA.  They love it, as you can see here on our Flickr page.

The success of the play area has brought to our attention the need for some additional enhancements.  We want to share them with you in the hopes that you would consider making an “anniversary donation” to Mount Merrill.  Our needs include:

  •        Benches for parents and grandparents to sit and watch their children
  •        Permanent fencing to protect children from rolling into the creek
  •        Water fountain to keep everyone hydrated and happy

Our goal is $20,000.00 and we hope you will consider making a gift to keep Durham Central Park a place where everyone can enjoy the great outdoors.  Donations can be made online at Durham Central Park’s secure web site www.durhamcentralpark.org/donate/ or by mailing a check to PO Box 1526, Durham, NC 27702 with Mt Merrill in the memo line.

Mt. Merrill was built on community support. It is named in memory of Merrill Davis, the son of George Davis from Stone Brothers and Byrd. During his lifetime, Merrill loved and supported DCP. He got the grass to grow in the terribly hard soil after the Pavilion was built, he got married in the Park, and was always willing to pitch in and help build the park you know and love today. After Merrill died tragically in a car accident in 2012, the community came together, through donations large and small, to build this one-of-a-kind play area in his honor.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit and enjoy Mt. Merrill, we hope that you will visit sometime soon. It’s fun for kids of all ages! Even our Executive Director is known to run up the rocks and slide down the slide from time to time. Thank you for considering supporting and enhancing Mt. Merrill and Durham Central Park. Play on!

ONLINE application now available for our Nov. 1 Food Truck Rodeo!

ONLINE application now available for our Nov. 1 Food Truck Rodeo! Durham Central Park has been hosting Food Truck Rodeos since 2010.

We hold 5 rodeos a year that feature over 50 local food trucks and draw in thousands of eaters from all over the area. Our rodeos highlight local food vendors from the Triangle that are MOBILE… ALL vendors must prepare the foods themselves and serve it out of a truck, trailer, minivan, cart, trike or bike!

 

18 Unforgettable Meals On Sale Now: Meals from the Market 2015!

We just put tickets on sale for our biggest fundraiser event of the year: the 10th annual Meals from the Market. http://durhamcentralpark.org/events/meals-from-the-market/2015-meals/ Let meals like the Oktoberfest themed “The Best of the Wurst” and “Gluten Free and Me” spice up your routine while you help Durham Central Park.

Meals from the Market is a series of meals from August to November that Durham Central Park enthusiasts offer to host at their home, restaurant or other venue. Meals have different themes and numbers of attendees but are huge fun. All the meals are donated by the hosts and the proceeds from ticket sales go straight to Durham Central Park, Inc.

resizedDCP - Meals 2015 poster

 

8/31: Biker Bar NC Meal

9/19: Best of the Wurst

9/20: Tea and Tunes at the Escher Amphitheater

9/21: Pasta, Pizza, Lambrusco and Gelato

9/26: Gluten Free and Me

9/27: Trucks From The Market!

9/27: Carrots, Carats, Karats: Sustainable Food, Sustainable Jewelry

9/30: Esperanza’s Mexican Mole and More!

10/3: Sunset at the Kress – Local and Coastal Splendor

10/3: Cranford Crawl

10/4: An Italian Feast to Warm the Heart

10/4: Shut Up and Dance!

10/8: A San Sebastian Evening in Downtown Durham

10/18: Owner’s Suite Brunch atop the 21c Museum and Hotel

10/22: Local Vocal

10/24: Summer Dinner in the Community

10/29: Selections from the Seven Seas at Five Points

11/5: An Evening with Shana Tucker at Cassilhaus

 

Trucks from the Market, September 27, is similar to DCP’s wildly successful Food Truck Rodeos, but with only 125 tickets available, it is a much more intimate experience. Tickets are $50 and sharing a ticket between 2 or more people is highly encouraged.

Changes in Store for Durham Central Park

 

Change and growth are happening around Durham Central Park (DCP). Apartments and retail are being constructed where the old Liberty Warehouse once stood and condominiums are proposed at 539 Foster Street – at the north end of the park. Over the next few years, there will be lots of construction adjacent to the Park and there will be some changes within the Park as well. The Park’s new neighbors have committed to make agreed upon improvements within the Park. These changes will include the construction of many features, which have been in DCP’s master plan for a long time, including additional paths, more seating and shade, and nicer entrances to the Park. These elements will enhance the beauty and usability of the Park and it will continue to be an open and welcoming space for all residents of Durham.

However, these improvements will come at a cost. Construction around the Park in the coming months and years will create noise, confusion, and inconvenience. The Durham Farmers’ Market will continue to operate, and DCP will continue to host concerts, movies, and other events. These activities will all take place beside barricades and construction fences. Traffic and parking will be disrupted.

But there is light at the end of the tunnel.  Here is a sample of what Durham Central Park lovers will get in return:

  • A landscaped berm built up against the side of the 539 condo building, facing the Pavilion adding shade and much needed seating to that area of the Park
  • A replanted Sister City Grove
  • A new drainage system, which will make the now-soggy play field north of the Pavilion playable.
  • An extension of the bike/trail sidewalk from the Grace Garden to Corporation Street.
  • Attractive entryways to the Park at Corporation Street and near Broadway Street
  • A long-dreamed-of walkway between Rigsbee and Foster Streets

While it is nice that our new neighbors are willing to pitch in money and labor to make these improvements, the Park wouldn’t be what it is now without the hundreds of volunteers who have rolled up their sleeves and gotten their hands dirty to create the Park we see today. Many in our community do not realize that Durham Central Park is not operated by the city.  The City of Durham owns the land, but Durham Central Park, Inc, a non-profit, manages the space without funds from the city. The organization is run by a volunteer Board of Directors and is supported by hundreds of volunteers who helped to get the ball rolling years ago to organize the public design meetings that envisioned the park, campaigned to pass the bond for the purchase of land, cleared rocks, planted flowers, built walkways, sought donations and grants to build the Pavilion for the Durham Farmers’ Market, the “Leaf” shade structure, and most recently the “Mount Merrill” play area, and helped to bring the Skate Park to DCP.  The non-profit Durham Central Park, Inc. and the City of Durham have partnered to create not just a park, but also a community space that is embraced by thousands.

This past year, as developments along our boundaries have been proposed, the City Manager’s Office has recognized the thousands of hours and many thousands of dollars that Durham community members have contributed to make the Park such an appealing destination. The City Manager asked the DCP volunteer Board to meet with prospective developers to make recommendations for our shared property lines so that the long-range vision of DCP remained intact. Our focus in these discussions has been how best to assimilate the edges of these new buildings with our green space. An art wall on the Liberty Warehouse and terraced seating on 539 Foster will go a long way to blend our neighbor’s projects with our Park. The developers recognize the value of the Park, and they want to help enhance it. We welcome these new partners in our efforts to complete the long-envisioned master plan.

DCP, Inc. board members and volunteers recognize our responsibility as stewards of the Park.  The community’s sense of ownership is the Park’s greatest asset. We welcome your input and feedback.  (Feel free to contact Erin Kauffman, our Executive Director, or any of our board members, listed on our website.) These new opportunities to improve the Park are exciting, but not without bumps along the way. We pledge to do our best to keep the community informed and the Park functioning, and we look forward to a greatly enhanced Park just a few years down the road.

 

Erin Kauffman, Executive Director

Morgan Haynes, DCP Board President

Curt Eshelman, DCP Co-Founder

Page 4 of 10« First...23456...10...Last »