Due to the snow storm, our January 24 Winter Food Truck Rodeo has been postponed to January 31. Please help us spread the word–see you there! http://durhamcentralpark.org/events/food-truck-rodeo-info/
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
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!
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!
Durham Central Park applied to be one of Indy Week’s chosen non-profits for their 2015 Give!Guide and was selected for the second year running! It’s easy to donate at http://give.indyweek.com/Nonprofits/Arts-and-Culture/Durham-Central-Park and there are incentives from local businesses Beer Durham and Cocoa Cinnamon 2 for donors of $35 or more. Additionally, Indy Week has lined up their own incentives:
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! 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!
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.
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.
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
Durham Central Park, the five-acre downtown Durham oasis on Foster Street that helped launch the revitalization of a neighborhood that bears its name, has hired a new Executive Director: Erin Kauffman. Kauffman is a familiar face at Durham Central Park, as a former DCP board member and Durham Farmers’ Market long-time Market Manager.
Durham Central Park’s former Executive Director, Ann Alexander, is retiring after six years of service but will serve on the board of directors. “I am thrilled that Erin Kauffman will be the new Executive Director for DCP. Her experience as the manager of the Durham Farmers’ Market and her enthusiasm for DCP in general make her a perfect choice for the job. I look forward to working with Erin in my position as a DCP board member in the years to come. DCP is lucky to have her on board” says Alexander.
Kauffman, a resident of Durham, grew up in small town Maryland. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Geology from Guilford College. “I would like to see Durham Central Park to flourish as a destination for all the residents of Durham and beyond” says Kauffman. “I see this job as an opportunity to build a sense of community through hosting great events and to encourage people to feel a sense of ownership of the park.” She’s already hit the ground running by arranging Pavilion rentals and preparing for the upcoming events at the Park including the Father’s Day Food Truck Rodeo, the Children’s Independence Day Parade, and the Warehouse Blues Series.
Durham Central Park is a city park, developed and maintained by Durham Central Park, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization.