‘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.

 

Please Welcome, Tess Mangum Ocaña

We are SO PLEASED to announce that we have hired Tess Mangum Ocaña to help DCP get better connected to the community through social media and help with the ever growing activity happening in Durham Central Park!  Over the last ten years, you’ve probably heard of Tess through her involvement in music venues around the Triangle area.  Tess comes to us with TONS of non-profit experience, knowledge and enthusiasm and is already making her mark on our organization.  Read more about her background below.  Welcome to the DCP team, Tess!

Tess

Tess is a Durham resident and seventh-generation North Carolinian. Though she grew up in a musical family (her grandmother, Kate Mangum, taught Randy Travis how to play guitar and and great-uncle Homer Briarhopper was fortunate to call Doc Watson a fan), she always felt her role in the family business was behind the scenes. She holds degrees from UNC-CH and the University of Limerick, Ireland. Ocaña served as Concerts Director & Facility Rental Coordinator of The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, from 2002-2012 and developed the critically-acclaimed American Roots Series. A 2012 Indy Arts Award winner, Tess launched her own events, production and promotion company, Sonic Pie Productions in February. She lives with her husband, a citizen of Spain, and their two young, bilingual sons. When not talking, reading, writing or thinking about music, she likes to make a run for the nearest whitewater kayaking spot.

Durham Central Park kicks off $120,000 Mt. Merrill/Wanderland fundraising campaign

From the desk of Ann Alexander, DCP’s Executive Director: Saturday, October 19, marked the unveiling of the plans for Mt. Merrill, the next phase of Durham Central Park’s master plan of Wanderland, a children’s interactive play area on the East side of the park. With help from the Exchange Club of Greater Durham, of which Merrill Davis was a beloved member, and other generous donors, we have already raised around $15K of the $120K needed to build and maintain this wonderful structure for the park!  Hundreds of folks, both old and young, gathered in the drizzle to hear about the plans of the play mound and see drawings of what will be built as the next development phase of DCP.  Mt. Merrill is named after Merrill Davis, a longtime DCP neighbor and supporter of the park who died in a tragic car accident in October of 2012. 

Looking East from Foster Street
Looking East from Foster Street

When we asked in a community survey a few years ago what folks wanted to see more of in DCP, the overwhelming answer was,” MORE PLAY AREAS for children…the climbing turtle and bird are great but we need more!”   So DCP’s board has been busy working with Katherine Gil, landscape architect of Tributary Design and Build, to come up with a unique design that is something the kids will love and will be a great addition to the park. As with all other improvements in the park, DCP gets no funding from the city or county. Instead, they raise money from folks, just like you, who consider the park their own and want to see it grow and prosper!  Since we have unveiled the Mt. Merrill design to the community, DCP’s board has begun the fundraising efforts to raise the $120K that is needed to build Mt. Merrill by seeking donations from community members, organizations and businesses who support the park and its efforts to keep DCP the most vital and fun park in Durham!  Join us in our efforts by clicking the donate button in the upper right hand corner! More photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/durhamcentralpark/sets/72157636802581893/

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Jimmy Alexander Pig Pickin’ in the Park is this Saturday, Oct. 26

Join a festive evening to co-benefit the Liberty Arts metal artists who continue to maintain their sculpture-casting facility from the southeast corner of Liberty Warehouse in the heart of Durham Central Park. Friends of Liberty Arts, Inc. are firing up the grills at the foundry for the seventh annual Meals from the Market Pig Pickin’ in the Park. In 2011 the event was renamed to honor the memory of Jimmy Alexander, the metal smith who was the original grill master and a dear friend to the DCP, Inc, organization. Great food, music and a good time are in store! In addition to great food, you’ll hear more about Liberty Arts’ Bull City Sculpture Show, with pieces at DCP and all over downtown Durham.
Host
Friends of Liberty Arts, Inc
Location
George Watts Hill Pavilion in Durham Central Park
530 Foster Street, Durham
Time
4:00pm
Guests
100 (Families encouraged)
Dress
Strictly casual
Cost
$25 adults / $10 children under 12
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