“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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Art Of Cool Festival Kicks Off April 25 With FREE Concerts at Durham Central Park

The Herald-Sun

Art of Cool announces festival schedule

Feb. 26, 2014 @ 03:15 PM
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Maceo Parker will be the headliner for the Art of Cool music festival next spring.

DURHAM —

The Art of Cool Festival this week released the schedule of venues for local and guest artists who will perform at the inaugural festival April 25 and 26. Twenty-two local and guest artists will perform at nine outdoor and indoor festival venues.

The festival begins at 4 p.m. Aug. 25 with a free concert in Durham Central Park. Artists scheduled to perform during this free block are Raleigh-based Peter Lamb and the Wolves, the North Carolina Central University Jazz Combo, vocalist Yolanda Rabun, blues harmonica player Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos, and the Kidznotes Jazz Ensemble.

From: http://www.heraldsun.com/news/localnews/x112097463/Art-of-Cool-announces-festival-schedule 

‘Mount Merrill’ to be “a children’s magnet” at Durham Central Park

Funds are being raised to build a children’s “climbing mound” in honor of George Merrill Davis III, the former general manager of the garden supply store Stone Bros & Byrd. Durham Central Park leaders are in the early stages of fundraising for the project”  “I just think this would be the most fitting memorial to a sweet guy because this is going to attract children from all over the city,” says Lee Ann Tilley, Durham Central Park board chair. “It’s just going to be a children’s magnet.” From http://www.heraldsun.com/news/localnews/x1385731210/-Mount-Merrill-to-memorialize-former-Stone-Bros-Byrd-manager

2013 Cardinal Campaign Raises More Than $35,000 For Durham Central Park

With your generous donations, Durham Central Park was able to raise more than $35,000 during the 2013 Cardinal Campaign, which wrapped up a few days ago. Our income sources are simple: 30% from rentals of the Pavilion, 30% from our Meals from the Market events and 40% from the annual DCP Cardinal Campaign. Thank you for helping us keep Durham Central Park vibrant and cared for. In the coming months, we will drive full-throttle into a new campaign: Mount Merrill, a interactive, handicap accessible children’s play area planned for the eastern side of the park: http://durhamcentralpark.org/donate/current-campaigns/mount-merrill/

1500 Pound Steel Sculpture On Display At Durham Central Park

Michael Waller Sculpture Durham Central Park

There is a new sculpture on display in Durham’s Central Park. The seven foot, 1500 pound steel sculpture, called Reunion, resembles an intricate woven basket. It was created by Michael E. Waller, a sculptor with Liberty Arts Non-Profit Sculpture Studio and Foundry. Getting the sculpture placed was a collaborative effort between Durham Central Park, Durham’s Cultural Advisory Board, the Parks and Recreation Department, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development and Liberty Arts. Durham’s Five Points, an original contender for Reunion’s site, fell through but Frank Konhaus, of the Cultural Advisory Board contacted Durham Central Park’s Executive Director, Ann Alexander, because he felt Durham Central Parkwould be a perfect temporary home. “Parks and Recreation, Planning, Engineering, Transportation and Stormwater Management all moved with incredible speed to get this reviewed and approved in less than 4 days” says Peter Coyle Senior Economic Development Coordinator at Durham’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

Collaboration continued as Reunion was brought directly from the Sculpture in the Garden show at the NC Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill, in sculptor Wayne Vaughn’s truck, free of charge. Michael Waller is loaning Reunion to Durham Central Park free of charge. Waller, a member of the Liberty Arts group, has been a professional sculptor since 1997 after earning a BFA in Sculpture at East Carolina University. Reunion will be on display until May 1, when it will be replaced with a sculpture juried in the the upcoming Bull City Sculpture Show. Durham Central Park will host multiple, large, dynamic pieces from throughout the U.S. during the show. You can find out more about the Bull City Sculpture Show at www.bullcitysculptureshow.org.

 

 

 

GoAskMom Mount Merrill Fundraising Update: $20K Down, $100K Left To Go!

In less than two months, generous public and private donors have raised more than $20,000 for the design and building of MOUNT MERRILL, Durham Central Park’s ambitious play structure for kids (and their adults)! WRAL’s GoAskMom has the scoop on amphitheatre seating, slides and when it will be built: http://www.wral.com/plans-call-for-new-playground-at-durham-central-park/13155443/  We need your help to raise the remaining $100,000. Donations are tax deductible http://durhamcentralpark.org/donate/

Food Truck Rodeo first-timer? It’s a blast THIS SUNDAY!

Food Truck Rodeo first-timer? That’s great! DO come, it’s a blast! 12:30-4:30 p.m. this Sunday, at Durham Central Park. There’s live music, a DJ, and activities for kids, too. Bring a chair or blanket, ATM is on site and most trucks accept credit cards. We’ll post a map soon to help plot your course between your choice of nearly 60 delicious, affordable, local choices:

Boss Hogs BBQ
American Meltdown
Baguettaboutit
Bandido’s Mexican Cafe
Barone Meatball Company
Big Mikes BBQ

Cakes by Caren
Chai’s Global Street Food
Chez Moi Bakery
Chick-N-Que
Chirba Chirba Dumpling
CJ’s Street Food
Crossroads Kettle Corn
D’Burritos Fresh Mex
Dusty Donuts
Fahsyrah’s Lemonade
Favor Desserts Bakery
FoodStans
Fullsteam
FoodStans
Foster’s on the Fly
Gussys Greek
Hibachi Xpress
the Humble Pig
ICED Cupcakes
JAM Soft Serve Ice Cream
JC’s Concessions
Kona Chameleon
Liv’s Food Truck
LoYo On The Go
Mac-Ur-Roni
MaMaDukes
Manna Concessions
Not Just Icing
Only Burger
Orlando’s Concessions
Parlez-Vous Crepe
Paws 4 Eva
Phat Wrapz
Philly’s Cheesesteaks
Pie Pushers
Porchetta
RedEye Barbeque
Roll Dog Express
Sarges Chef
Stoke and Smoke BBQ
Sunset Slush of North Raleigh
Sweet and Savory Express
Sweet Traditions by LeAne
Sympathy for the Deli
Time-Out Food Truck
Triangle Brewery
Triangle Raw Foods
Valentino’s Food Truck
Virgil’s Jamaica
Will and Pops

2013 Meals from the Market a Huge Success

Over a nine week period we had a total of 19 meals.

Meals ranged from an intimate dinner for 8 to a private food truck rodeo for 135.

Prices ranged from $20 for a chili block party to $100 for gourmet dinner parties.

There were 536 tickets sold for just over $26,800. Best of all, we have many new friends who participated this year for the first time.

Our widely-circulated Meals from the Market booklet attracted ads bringing in additional dollars. After expenses, the 2013 Meals from the Market brought in just over $32,000.00! These dollars will go directly to Durham Central Park, Inc. for managing and developing the wonderful green space in downtown Durham, including the Pavilion at Durham Central Park.

This year we are also proud to report that an additional $612 were earned for fellow non-profit Liberty Arts, the sculpture-casting facility in the heart of the park who co-hosted the eighth annual Pig Pickin’ in the Park.

Enthusiasm for further developing “Wanderland” on the east side of the the park is growing. Plans for the next phase, “Mt. Merrill,” were showcased at the meals and were well received.

It’s fun to enjoy great food and conversation and make the park a better place all at the same time!

Thanks to everyone who participated. We couldn’t continue to make Durham Central Park the wonderful place it is without your help.

 

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