Durham Central Park Names New Executive Director

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.

 

5% Day for DCP at Whole Foods May 19!

Durham Central Park applied for Whole Foods Market Durham‘s 5% Day program, and won! On Tuesday, May 19, 5% of all market and cafe sales will be given to Durham Central Park. STORE HOURS ARE 7 AM-9 PM. Buy some groceries, have breakfast, lunch or dinner. Treat grandma to coffee and dessert, host a farm to table dinner with friends, get some take away, stock up on bulk items or wine–5% of everything goes to DCP, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Thank you! http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/durham

Job opening: DCP Executive Director

(APPLICATION PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED) Executive Director Job Description

Job Summary

The Executive Director (ED) assists the Board of Directors of Durham Central Park, Inc. (DCP) in carrying out its mission of creating a unique, 5-acre urban park that offers a venue for a variety of cultural activities that engage the diverse Durham community in activities focusing on the arts, recreation, natural beauty and community building.

As key staff person for this dynamic non-profit organization, the ED is involved to some degree in every facet of operations and activities.  The ED works closely with an active Board, its Executive Committee and other project-oriented committees to achieve organizational goals. Although the board and hired staff might help accomplish some of the duties described below, the ED is responsible for getting the job done.  The ED reports to the Board of Directors, with day-to-day supervision from the Board’s Executive Committee.

Prefer to have ED live in Durham and have personal knowledge of the Durham community, business experience as well as experience working with non-profits.

 

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Financial and organizational management
  • Fundraising development
  • Community engagement
  • Event Planning and volunteer recruitment
  • Property management
  • Branding, Publicizing and Social Media

 

Skills/experience  needed:

  • Proven track record of independent management
  • Business background
  • Flexible time sometimes with weekend duties
  • Proficient computer skills
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Sense of humor, good team player and maturity
  • Interest in DCP and community building

 

Hours and Salary:

Flexible hours.  Salary commensurate with experience.

We are hoping to hire someone no later than May 15 and could do so earlier if need be.

Please send resumes to Durham Central Park, Inc., PO Box 1526, Durham, NC 27702 or email to [email protected]

Keep DCP beautiful through our Cardinal Campaign

Have you seen our red cardinal logo on the new Durham Central Park Pavilion sign, the cardinals at the top of Mt. Merrill’s pole’s or the cardinal sculpture kids love to play on across the park’s bridge? Durham Central Park’s aptly-named annual fundraising campaign, the Cardinal Campaign, is in full swing. Our income sources are simple: 30% from rentals of the Pavilion, 40% from events like Meals from the Market and Food Truck Rodeos and 30% from the Cardinal Campaign. We receive no financial support from the City of Durham. Everything we do to improve and maintain the park comes from community support. Join the fun!!! It’s easy to give, and contributions are tax deductible: http://durhamcentralpark.org/donate/. Thank you.

Meals From The Market Nets $30K for DCP!

DCP Board Chair Lee Ann Tilley has some impressive final stats to share about this year’s Meals From The Market, which netted $3200 more than last year for Durham Central Park:

Dear friends and hosts, I want to share some of the numbers as we close out our Meals from the Market season:

1 only one had to cancel (not unusual)
2 enthusiastic couples hosted for the first time
5 meals successfully sold tickets priced at over $100
6 attended the most intimate wine tasting
restaurants made super generous donations
7 DCP board members hosted
9 invited guests into their private homes
17 food trucks donated their time and delicious fare
18 meals held, including 3 separate cooking classes
21 had a swim before their meal
28 pedaled on the NC Biker Bar
40 filled the upper dining room at Mateo Tapas
50 enjoyed singing at Urban Durham Realty
52 found a seat at Gocciolina
115 attended the Trucks from the Market
388 tickets sold in all
8,800 dollars collected from our business sponsors
$30,000 netted for the benefit of Durham Central Park!
 
We could not have done it without you!  I hope everyone had as much fun as our guests did.

Local business partner spotlight: Fisher Graphic Arts

We’d like to give a shout out to one of our local business partners, Fisher Graphic Arts. Mitch Fitcher does great signs, murals, custom framing, and has done lots of pro bono work for the Park. Where can you see his work? Forest Hills Neighborhood signs and the Durham Farmers’ Market sign, to name a few. Their showroom is in Old West Durham. www.fishergraphicarts.com.

Warehouse Blues Series Awarded DAC Season Grant!

Grant writing is crucial to any non-profit, but Durham Central Park is especially pleased to announce Winter grant writing is turning into programming dollars! We have been award a Durham Arts Council 2014-15 Season Grant, which will specifically help ensure the Warehouse Blues Series, a beloved series of free Blues concerts, will continue in 2015!

The Durham Arts Council’s Season Grant Program provides access to quality arts experiences for the people of Durham by supporting the activities of arts organizations that provide a range of professional and amateur arts opportunities. Applications to the Season Grant Program are evaluated by a panel of community experts and evaluated on five major criteria: artistic quality, community impact, feasibility of project, stability and fiscal responsibility of organization and diversity of organization.

Durham Central Park’s Executive Director Ann Alexander says “we are proud to be partnering with DAC and couldn’t carry on the fine Warehouse Blues Series tradition without them.”

Lakota John Locklear at Warehouse Blues 201417-year-old Lakota John Locklear performing at the 2014 Warehouse Blues Series

 

“Condo Mania” Surrounds Durham Central Park!

Indyweek editor Lisa Sorg published an interesting feature this week about condos and apartments springing up downtown–including adaptive reuse and new structures surrounding Durham Central Park. “Central Park has a lot of potential. The question is how do you take advantage of that and grow it without destroying what made it attractive in the first place?” says Durham native Alston Gardner, who is buying 619–621 Foster St.

“We are excited about the opportunity for more people to live downtown and enjoy all its amenities.  Durham Central Park will become an even greater asset to Durham!” says Lee Ann Tilley, Durham Central Park Board Chair. DCP Executive Director Ann Alexander seconds her positive outlook. “I will be happy to see more condos within walking distance of Durham Central Park.  The development of DCP has been a catalyst for this growth. A thriving, walkable community is exactly what the original vision of DCP had in mind over 15 years ago and now it’s finally happening!”

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