Merrill opening Dec. 6

Mount Merrill is an interactive children’s play area on the eastern side of the park, adjacent to the Leaf. It is a handicap accessible climbing mound that offers:

  • 2 Slides—the Little Slide and the Big Slide
  • Climbing Net
  • Big Curving Benches
  • Amphitheater Seating
  • The Ramp Up
  • A “Look-out!” Area
  • Boulder Climb

 

Why the Name?


The name honors the memory of a dear friend of the Park who died in a tragic car accident.  Merrill Davis was the always-helpful guy from our neighborhood nursery and garden store, Stone Brothers and Byrd. Merrill was there seeding the first lawn at the Pavilion back when there were hardly any folks walking on it. His wedding in 2009 was one of the first weddings in the Pavilion.

Merrill was a tireless fundraiser for the Durham Exchange Club, whose focus is to benefit children in the Durham area. “Mount Merrill” is the perfect name for an attraction that will draw children and families from throughout the community.

Thank You

Mount Merrill was made possible because of the generous support of businesses and individuals in the community—including a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Special Thanks

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Keith & Brenda Brodie
Measurement Inc.
The Exchange Club of Greater Durham 

BIN Foundation
Acme Plumbing Co.
Larry & Lee Ann Tilley
Erwin Oil Company
Mark & Cynthia Kuhn
Stone Brothers & Byrd
Registered Creative

 

Independent Donors

  • Kathryn Meyers
  • Thomas & Margaret Q Keller
  • Christina & Jonathan Fish
  • Allen & Claire Wilcox
  • Deborah & James Dobbins
  • Mary Emory Luikart
  • Dave Austin & Pam George
  • Caelia & Andrew Bingham
  • Committee to Re-Elect Catotti
  • Tom & Michelle Dekker
  • Jody White
  • Barker & Cavett French
  • Carol Anderson
  • B. Ilene Nelson
  • Cynthia L. Shimer & Eric N. Wiebe
  • Katherine Skinner
  • Courtney & Michael James
  • Joanne Abel
  • Clay & Leigh Bordley
  • Ann & Lex Alexander
  • Libby & Dub Gulley
  • Michael A. Massey
  • Blossom Garden Club/Lynne Alexander
  • Ninna I. Burkill
  • Darcey D. Martin
  • George Merrill Davis
  • Lee Ann & Larry Tilley
  • James W. EdneyIII & Linda Logan
  • Julia Borbely-Brown
  • Alice Sharpe
  • Keith & Brenda Brodie
  • Ben & Joyce Weber
  • Henry Belo Shelton
  • Ron D. Sieber
  • Caroline Sasser & Louis L. Sasser Jr
  • Sharon K. Fowler
  • J. Stuart & GertrudeM. Smith
  • Dr. Helen Boussios
  • Scott & Carol Kennedy
  • Genesa Trogden
  • Ellen Dagenhart
  • Jack Braswell, Jr & Susan Dabbs
  • Exchange Club of Great Durham
  • Suzanne Wasiolek
  • Amy Stanfield
  • Sarah & Welford Artz
  • Barker & Cavett French
  • Wiliam & Jacquelyn Epperson
  • L. Huntley Braswell
  • Max & Jane Isley
  • Ken Richardson
  • Winston Weaver Co. Inc
  • Shanna Bierman
  • Dara Shain
  • Dennis Meek
  • Howard Claggion, Jr
  • Teri Epsten
  • Aaron Sebens
  • Merywen Wigley
  • MIchael Hanas & Susan Gouchoe
  • Paul Marsh & Jennifer Longee
  • Caelia & Andrew Bingham
  • Plantworks Nursery
  • Clara Murray
  • Thomas & Beverly Hawkins
  • Hyde Distributing Inc
  • Rhonda C. Swaringen
  • Stephen Barefoot
  • Amy Pine
  • Katherine Gill
  • Thomas & Margaret Keller
  • Rochelle Sparko
  • John Hite
  • Bonny Moellenbrock
  • Lori Hensley
  • Sarah Gauger
  • Drew & Erin Medlyn
  • Kelly Kovalesky
  • Nancy Herndon
  • Michael Bacon
  • Keith & Brenda Brodie
  • Sharyn Caudell, Gardener to Go
  • Howard & Margaret Eisenson
  • John Mays
  • Vera & Carl Whisenton
  • Emily & Archibald McClure
  • Caroline Sasser & Louis L. Sasser Jr
  • Janet M. Scovil
  • Sharon K. Fowler
  • Acme Plumbing
  • Frederick R. Umstead (Randy)
  • Elizabeth & James Winborne, Jr
  • Robert & Nancy Lockamy
  • Andy and Linda Haynes
  • Fowlers Nursery
  • Barbara Elliott
  • Leon & Areli Grodski de Barrera, Cocoa Cinnamon
  • James & Deborah Dobbins
  • Joseph & Linda Adkinson
  • JP Green Milling
  • Carlene Bryon
  • Ben & Joyce Weber & Tankersley Family
  • William & Ann Kirkland
  • Richard & Lonna Harkrader
  • JHJ Family Limited Partnership/Jack Markham, Sr
  • Mike O’Day
  • Ed Embree
  • Nancy Alyea Schiebel
  • Max Isley
  • Mark & Cindy Kuhn
  • Janet & Gerald Storms
  • Daylily Garden Club/Rhonda Pollard, President
  • Jennifer & Todd Owen
  • Mark E. Holt
  • Altered Image Hair Designers
  • John Horton
  • Susanne Meghdadpour
  • Durham Merchants Assoc. CHaritable Foundation
  • Margareta Claessen
  • Exchange Club of Greater Durham
  • J. Linn Mackey
  • Tracy Whitford
  • Sandra & Kenneth Lyles
  • Carolyn Kroll
  • Thomas Jones & Anna Vandis
  • Esther & Peter Bent
  • Ann D. Thornton
  • Catherine M. Shaffer
  • William Laurence Tilley Jr
  • Janet G. Celko
  • Polly E. Moore
  • Carol W. Anderson
  • Christine Miller Ramsey
  • Donna R. Elium
  • Eric Chetwood
  • Ronnie & Mary King
  • James & Renee Hill
  • Patricia Hoover
  • Jessica Brock,Longfellow Real Estate Partners, LLC
  • Page & Kathryn Wilson
  • Mike Bigsby & Ann Waring
  • Sean Felton, Durham Lions Club
  • Carol Ostrow
  • Karen & Robert (Skip) Anderson
  • Paul & Karen Stirrup
  • Blue Note Grill, Bill & Andrea Whittington
  • Kickstarter transfer
  • Vicky Patton & Bob Chapman
  • Yadkin Bank
  • Clarence & Vivian Lewis
  • Alexandros Washburn
  • Anne Williams & John Burness
  • Hank & Linda Scherich
  • Alliance Architecture
  • Barker & Cavett French
  • Max Isley
  • M. E. Mangum
  • Square 1 Bank, Douglas Bowers
  • PNC, Jenny Grant
  • Sarah Fuller
  • Elizabeth Johnson & Fabian Heitsch
  • Andy & Ginny Widmark
  • June Forsyth, Durham Council of Garden Clubs
  • Hank Scherich, Measurement Inc
  • Dan Erwin, Erwin Oil Company, Inc.
  • Kathy Carter & Fred Peterson
  • Croasdaile Garden Club, Karen Bordeaux
  • Wayne & Rhonda Lee
  • An Italian Feast to Warm the Heart before PayPal
  • anonymous
  • Hope Valley Garden Club, Missy McLeod
  • Irene Skowronek
  • BIN Foundation, Dr. Barbara Newborg
  • Julie White
  • William T. Coman, Jr
  • John B & Linda Dodd
  • Lucy Stokes
  • Leigh & Clay Bordley
  • Rhonda C. Swaringen
  • Daylily Garden Club/Rhonda Pollard, President
  • Meghan Weiseman
  • Twelve Labours Foundation Inc/ J. Alston Gardner
  • Sharon K. Fowler
  • Liberty Warehouse Apartments, LLC (East West)
  • RD Sieber
  • John L. Weinerth, MD

 

Kickstarter Backers

  • Neil Hoefs
  • Sierra Stults
  • Marsha Silver
  • Johnny
  • Helen Griffin
  • Egger Family
  • Shanon Schuster
  • Stephanie Wilson
  • Leslie Land
  • Boomer Jeff Bakalchuck
  • Kaitlin Strauss
  • Darice Witherspoon
  • Joel Lieberman
  • Mike Masinick
  • Katy Davis
  • Lalitree Darnielle
  • Vivian Bragg
  • Fergus & Jana Bradley
  • Tim Dodge
  • Holly Franklin
  • Josh Gredvig
  • Bo and Pat O’Reilly
  • Cris Rivera
  • Inga Pollmann
  • Lee Kornfeld
  • Ronnie Lilly
  • Emily Rhode and Brian Chapman
  • Wendy Tregay
  • Melissa Scales
  • Colleen May Fisher
  • Rachel Cohn
  • Matthew Etherington
  • Camilla Meek
  • Claire Long
  • Asher Rapkin
  • Megan Risley
  • Carrie & Dan Moore
  • Christina Hinkle
  • Samuel Montgomery-Blinn
  • Lauren Sacks
  • Andy & Annie Scott
  • Wendy Edds
  • Brian Hawkins
  • Tobin Freid
  • Anson Burtch
  • Chad Haefele
  • Meredith Pittman
  • The Moran Family
  • Chris Brown
  • Cedric Roberts
  • Becca Forrest
  • Rebecca Daniels
  • The Warner Family
  • Holly and Violet Baker
  • Arthur William Taub
  • Cocoa Cinnamon & bikeCOFFEE
  • Kendy Madden
  • Emily Friedman
  • Clare Barrington
  • Katie Spencer
  • Erica Rapport Gringle
  • Kara, Molly & Alix MacKillop
  • Tom Burns
  • Pamela Gray
  • Graham Marlette
  • Tracy Rupp
  • Ruby Sinreich
  • Claudia Fulshaw Design
  • Taylor Ellerbee
  • Kurt Volkan
  • Graham
  • Carol Thomson
  • Lizzie Gregory
  • Claudine Caro
  • Carolyn Dalby
  • Emily Carmody
  • Hettie Johnson
  • Adam Covati
  • Rachel Raney
  • Julie
  • tammy Dorfman
  • Yousuf Zafar
  • Greg Freeman
  • Erin & Ken Gasch
  • Elena Snavely
  • Fahsyrah’s Lemonade (Sylvia & Fahim
  • Kimberly Swanson
  • Cicely Mitchell
  • Rebekah Miel
  • Aj
  • Schei Gill
  • Dump Pho King Truck
  • Lea Hart
  • Ann Woodward
  • michael muller
  • emily wexler
  • Dashiell Fowler
  • A Stronger Tomorrow: Brandi Almario
  • laura Lawton
  • Jason Dickson
  • Michele Eddy
  • Melanie Burke
  • Erin Kauffman
  • Rachel Mills
  • Aura LaBarre
  • Kristin Whetstone
  • Elizabeth Healey
  • Jennifer Longee
  • Sara Seten Berghausen
  • Joe Houde
  • Rachel McCurry
  • Emma Potenziani
  • Lew and Sally Wardell
  • Sam Miglarese
  • Erik
  • Anna Gassman-Pines & David Halpern
  • Melissa Watt
  • Sara Davis Lachenman
  • Alan Kleinman
  • Heidi Melz
  • martha scotford
  • Joshua Berman
  • J Cohen
  • Nancy Henderson-James
  • Marc Phillips
  • Renee Strnad & Scot Pressley
  • Annie Ambrose
  • Emma Allott
  • Diane Catotti
  • Claire Chehrazi
  • Treat Harvey & Regina deLacy
  • Chloe Seymore
  • Meg Gray Wiehe
  • Sophia Murray
  • Pat and Chrissy Scheper
  • Jim Haverkamp
  • Beer Durham
  • Carver C. Weaver
  • Joe Gonwa
  • Sheila O’Rourke
  • Quinn Williams
  • Elizabeth Strachan
  • Jamie Edmondson
  • Jessica Yinka Thomas
  • Julia Kulla-Mader
  • Keith Cassell
  • Chris Bozzelli
  • David E Haynes
  • Ashlee Wheeler Smart
  • Christian Del’Aune
  • Shannon Knott
  • Briana Brough
  • Jodi Koviach
  • onlyburger
  • Sarah Wolff
  • Erin and Greg Maruzzella
  • Diana Ip and Josh Seidenfeld
  • Scott Manuel
  • Sarah Meyer
  • David Rosenthal
  • Erika Perry
  • SarahCohen
  • carrie gonnella
  • Actual Size Builders, Inc.
  • Amalia and Gabriel Turner
  • Rob, Tiffany and Grey Taylor
  • Three Oaks Engineering
  • Heather Fayhee
  • Kristen Gerondelis
  • Blandy Costello
  • Sam Wolff
  • John DuVal
  • Tracy Ward
  • Heather Frederick
  • Matthew Clobridge
  • Elizabeth Pritchett
  • Jack Daly
  • Jon Gardiner
  • Morgan and Renee Haynes
  • Tierney Foster-Wittig
  • Tim Ross
  • Tara Avison & Josh Adell
  • Jodee Nimerichter
  • Kevin Harward
  • Shawn Karns
  • Sarah Fish
  • Kathy/Mark Straube
  • Jill Bashore
  • Ann Alexander
  • walt barron
  • Fuller Sasser
  • Ashley Nason in honor of John Council
  • Cheryl Mitchell-Olds
  • Max McNally
  • Jonathan “Darlos9D” Royal
  • Susan Ross and Tom Hadzor
  • Susan Gladin and Peter Kramer
  • C Kay Briggs
  • Matt Gladdek
  • Julieta Giner
  • James Hepler
  • Julia Borbely-Brown
  • Family Gross
  • The Schudel Family
  • Gloria A Evans
  • Kevin Lustig
  • Eric Mine
  • Shawn Sendlinger
  • Stead Willis
  • Laurence and Jessica Tilley
  • Natalie Spring
  • Amy Brown
  • Amy & Bill Jenniches
  • Lewis Bass
  • Marybeth Dugan and Kenny Dalsheimer
  • Courtney Davidson
  • Kaaren Johanson
  • Ellery Shimer Wiebe
  • Michael Milley
  • Donna Berkelhammer, Molly and Isaac Chmura
  • Sarah Musser
  • Susan B. Kilzer
  • Shannon and Andrew Nelsen
  • William Durham
  • Cheryl Schall
  • Natalie and Penn Broyhill
  • Martha Philpott King
  • Jeremy Goldstein
  • Boleyn Willis-Zeger
  • Mary Margaret Graham
  • Rainer Blaesius
  • Elisa Sharkey
  • Ingeborg De Kok
  • Rebecca Braswell
  • The Ardyson Family
  • Lindsey Kinnaird Scherich
  • Andrea, Banks, Miles, and Zella Dixon
  • Bryan Scherich
  • Nathan Scherich
  • Albert, Keyra,Anderson, Jade and AJ
  • Christine Tankersley
  • Jason Richmond
  • Registered Creative
  • Wendy & Jason Albano
  • Arash Chehrazi
  • Cyrus Dastur
  • Davis Family
  • Christina Makarushka
  • Sarah Goetz
  • Walker Robinson
  • Insurance People
  • Jay Shirley
  • Joanna Darby
  • Seth Gross
  • Pompieri Pizza
  • Charlotte Walton
  • Meytal Barak
  • Barbara & Peter Fish
  • Kona Ice Kabana
  • Chris Crochetiere
  • Old North Durham Neighborhood Assoc
  • Triangle Star Realty
  • Linda and David Orovitz
  • Michael D. Elder
  • Betsy Levitas
  • Steve Henry Herman
  • Anne and Paul Kinnaird
  • Janene Tompkins
  • Kathy Harrod
  • Alice Sharpe
  • amanda snyderman
  • Jim Van Verth
  • Deborah Dobbins
  • Kathryn Meyers
  • Deborah Lowenthal Sorin
  • Amanda Smith
  • Ronald W. Angerer & Tammy Wells-Angerer
  • Leann Nelson
  • Lucas, Crystal and Abram Weber
  • Sarah & Welsford Artz
  • elizabeth albright
  • Martha H Fisher
  • Acme Plumbing
  • Leo Meyers
  • Nicole A. Crawford
  • Blair Robinson
  • Urban Durham Realty
  • Durham Distillery
  • Tim Hock Properties
  • Ms. Tamela Davis
  • Sheldon Galloway
  • Nick MacLeod
  • Parker and Otis
  • Shelley McPhatter
  • Chris Heavener
  • Debbie Harrod Parrish
  • The Parlour
  • Valerie Ward