We’re honored to be nominated as Durham’s Best Park. Think of the sunny days, dog walks, Food Truck Rodeos, parties and concerts to come, as you cast your vote now! http://www.durhammag.com/blogs/durham-magazine-blog/best-of-durham-2014/
Art of Cool announces festival schedule
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.
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/
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.
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/
Durham Central Park’s 2013 CARDINAL CAMPAIGN is in full swing. It’s easy to donate at durhamcentralpark.org/
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:
Cakes by Caren
Chai’s Global Street Food
Chez Moi Bakery
Chirba Chirba Dumpling
CJ’s Street Food
Crossroads Kettle Corn
D’Burritos Fresh Mex
Favor Desserts Bakery
Foster’s on the Fly
the Humble Pig
JAM Soft Serve Ice Cream
Liv’s Food Truck
LoYo On The Go
Not Just Icing
Paws 4 Eva
Roll Dog Express
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 Raw Foods
Valentino’s Food Truck
Will and Pops
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.
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 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.