Durham Central Park competes for $25K grant and needs your vote!

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We need YOUR vote for $25K! Durham Central Park, Inc. is now in the running to bring a FREE 10 week live music series to Durham, June-August 2017.

Sponsored by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national foundation dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through free live music, Durham Central Park hopes to qualify as one of 15 winning organizations competing in the Levitt AMP Durham Grant Awards.

The awards are an exciting matching grant opportunity created by the Levitt Foundation to serve small to mid-sized towns and cities with populations up to 400,000. Up to fifteen nonprofits will receive $25,000 each in matching funds to produce their own Levitt AMP Music Series—an outdoor, free concert series featuring a diverse lineup of professional musicians.

Durham Central Park’s proposal is now posted on the Levitt AMP website for public voting: http://levittamp.org. If successful, Durham Central Park will partner with Durham-based Art of Cool Project on three of the ten concerts. A successful campaign for Durham Central Park depends on community participation to get as many online votes as possible to bring the concert series to town. Community support, as measured by the number of online votes received, will be one of the key factors when the Levitt Foundation selects up to 15 winners.

Supporters are asked to visit https://grant.levittamp.org/voter-registration-page/ to register and vote. Online public voting is now open and ends November 21 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The Top 25 finalists will be selected through online public voting. The Levitt Foundation will then review the proposals of these 25 finalists and will select up to 15 Levitt AMP winners, which will be announced on January 5, 2017.

Durham Central Park’s public surveys and charettes show people value Durham Central Park as a gathering place and want more FREE concerts at the Park. This is the way we can make it happen, with your help,” says Tess Mangum Ocaña, who co-wrote the grant with DCP Executive Director Erin Kauffman.

Durham Central Park asks supporters to start spreading the word to family, friends, colleagues and neighbors and rally the community to sign up and vote for Durham Central Park’s proposal. Voters must be 18 years of age or older and U.S. residents (or residents of U.S. territories.)

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Durham Central Park is the five-acre downtown oasis on Foster Street. DCP is a city park, developed and maintained by Durham Central Park, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization.

Our Food Truck Rodeo MAP is ready for Sunday!

We’ve heard it called a “rite of passage” for Durhamites and visitors alike: our awesome rain or shine FOOD TRUCK RODEOS. They only happen five times a year: the winter rodeo in January, spring rodeo (usually when the clocks spring forward), Father’s Day, Labor Day weekend and Halloween weekend. All you have to pay for is your choice of food or beverage from 50+ local food, beer, cider and wine entrepreneurs. Here’s the line up, or check out the map. If you love LIVE music, Counterclockwise String Band begins three sets of progressive Bluegrass, Americana and string band music at 12:30 p.m.

The Rickhouse’s PickleFest Benefits Durham Central Park July 31!

The Rickhouse, an event space (and our neighbor, just a block up Foster Street) is hosting PickleFest Sunday, July 31, 12-4 p.m. It’s a tasting of the tangy, fermented deliciousness that is pickled food! Proceeds benefit DURHAM CENTRAL PARK, and it occurs in two sessions to help manage the crowd. Tickets $5 general admin; $15 VIP. Participating Vendors include:

PickleFest Durham 2016 @ The Rickhouse | Durham | North Carolina | United States

Alley Twenty Six
Tyler’s Restaurant
Soigne Catering
Oval Park Grille
Gettn’ Pickled
Mount Olive
Bamboo Ladies
Green River Picklers
Two Chicks Farm
Haw River Farmhouse Ales
BLOODY MARY BAR SPONSORED BY TITO’S VODKA
Hail Mary Bloody Mary Mix
Durham Farmer’s Market
Eat, Write, Go Blog
Putting up with Erin Blog
MW Calligraphy

Childrens’ Independence Day Parade this Monday!

Our Annual Childrens’ Independence Day Parade is Monday!

This parade is one of our longest running events at the Park. Every year, on the 4th of July, we look forward to providing a fun and free event for the community. Starting at 9:30 a.m., the Scrap Exchange will be on hand to with supplies to help kids get decorated for the parade. Bring your bike, trike, big wheels, scooter, stroller, wagon or just decorate yourself! We’ll provide lots of balloons too.The parade starts at 10:30 a.m.. We will wind through the Park and over the bridge. Once we are done parading, there will be free popsicles and fire engine tours for all. DJ Piddipat will be providing the music.

Below are a few highlight from past parades! We hope to see you there.

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Tai Chi in DCP

FREE Tai Chi classes are taught in Durham Central Park at 10:15 a.m. each Saturday morning. This is a guest blog entry from instructor Ashton Richards:

Tai Chi Chuan is possibly an exponent of Shaolin Kung Fu. Shaolin Kung Fu is thought to be the combination of martial Shuai Jiao (Chinese wrestling with striking) and Yoga breathing, exercises, and meditation. Legend has it that Da Mo an Indian Buddhist monk taught this Yoga to the Shaolin monks. Chang San Feng a Daoist Priest is credited for inventing Tai Chi 1101 A.D. The style of Kung Fu was eventually passed down to the Chen Family from Chaing Fa. Chan San Feng studied at the Shaolin Temple and then revised their form of Kung Fu to match Taoist ideas.
 
I enjoy practicing Tai Chi because it combines balance, relaxation, breathing with mobility and flexibility conditioning. Tai Chi can be meditation and it is the most complete system of self defense. Tai Chi is not difficult to do but it takes time and effort to do well.
To find out about free lifestyle classes, concerts and events at DCP, visit http://durhamcentralpark.org/events/
Tai Chi at DCP

FREE Yoga, MORE Movies and BIG Blossoms at Durham Central Park

Springtime at the Park

It happened so fast…The Park exploded into beauty and activity after a (seemingly brief) winter rest! Over the past few weeks, every time I’ve visited the Park, I’ve been greeted with scenes of bulbs blooming and fruit trees in flower, kids enjoying Mt. Merrill, people picnicking on the lawn, and a very busy skate park. I’m convinced that the Turtle looks even happier now that spring is here!

As spring really begins to kick into high gear, here are a few things to look forward to in the Park…

The Durham Farmers’ Market is back in summer mode!
strawberry Saturday summer hours of 8am-Noon have resumed a couple of weeks ago. Next week, the      Wednesday Market opens next week and will run through mid-October with the hours of 3:30-  6:30pm. Important note: STRAWBERRIES are now in season and are as sweet as can be!
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 The Durham Craft Market has returned!
After a winter break, the Durham Craft Market is back in the Sister Cities Grove every Saturday  mornings from 8am-Noon. DurhamCraftMarket.com

Free Yoga in the Park Starts May 7th 

This summer, Blue Point Yoga will be offering free, all level yoga classes from 9-10am every Saturday from May 7 to August 27. Classes will be held in a NEW location: on the east side of Foster Street between the Skate Park and The Leaf in the shade.
More Info…

Durham Cinematheque Movies in the Park Lineup Announced
May 20: MAYBE YOU SHOULD QUIT
June 10: THINK IT MIGHT RAIN
July 1: MAKING ART IN THE UNIVERSE.
All shows start at 9:00. Admission – free/ pass the hat
Read more about the movies here…

Spring Volunteer Workdays Saturdays May 7 & June 4, 9am-Noon.
Help keep the Park beautiful and clean for everyone to enjoy. Once a month, a crew of volunteers helps with planting, gardening, and general beautification around the Park. Get your hands dirty and meet some new folks who love the Park as much as you do.

CONSTRUCTION REPORT
While there is lots of activity in the Park, you’ve probably noticed more activity just outside of the Park too. A new construction project has broken ground along the southwest corner of the Park. The Brannan, a 30 unit condominium, will be our new neighbors on Hunt Street. Construction should last about 18 months.

Over at the former Liberty Warehouse site, the big red crane is still moving around and the Liberty Warehouse Apartments are coming together fast. Recently, I met the owners of the bowling alley/restaurant that will be on ground floor on Foster Street. It is a locally owned business and they already have locations in Raleigh and Charleston.  They are  nice folks and will be a fun addition to the neighborhood. Liberty Warehouse construction is scheduled to be finished by the fall.

I hope you can stop by the Park sometime this spring! Grab a donut and enjoy the scenery…

See you at the Park!
Erin Kauffman
Executive Director

2015 In Review and how to boost our Cardinal Campaign

It’s been another great year for Durham Central Park and our year-end Cardinal Campaign is in full swing.

DCP, Inc. is a non-profit organization that develops, maintains and sustains this 5 acre urban park in the heart of downtown Durham. Though the land is owned by the city, we receive no public funds from the city or county. Our efforts are financially supported in three ways: rental fees, fundraising events such as Meals from the Market & Food Truck Rodeos, and donations through the Cardinal Campaign!

We are committed to maintaining a beautiful, welcoming green space for the entire Durham community and the city’s many visitors to enjoy. In order to do so, we use our funds to maintain the Pavilion and the gardens, pay our staff, host events that are free and open to the public, add features and upgrade facilities.

This year, we celebrated Mt. Merrill’s first anniversary! We have added shades to help keep the slides form getting too hot in the summer. In the coming weeks, we will be installing a new fence over the creek and benches designed by local artist, Al Frega. There are some major Park improvements in the works for 2016, including a walkway to connect Rigsbee Ave and Foster St., additional seating and shade, art installations, and a water fountain near Mt. Merrill.

To keep up this momentum, we need your support. Please consider making a year-end gift to DCP in one of the following ways:

  • Donate to the Cardinal Campaign through our website durhamcentralpark.org/donate or by mailing a check to PO Box 1526, Durham NC 27702
  • Donate through the Indy Give!Guide (give.indyweek.com) and get some great incentives from Beer Durham and Cocoa Cinnamon
  • Donate stocks, mutual funds, or securities to DCP by referencing the following info: Send to: Charles Schwab, DCT #0164, Acct#5986 5806

 

See you at the Park!

Erin Kauffman

ONLINE application now available for our Nov. 1 Food Truck Rodeo!

ONLINE application now available for our Nov. 1 Food Truck Rodeo! Durham Central Park has been hosting Food Truck Rodeos since 2010.

We hold 5 rodeos a year that feature over 50 local food trucks and draw in thousands of eaters from all over the area. Our rodeos highlight local food vendors from the Triangle that are MOBILE… ALL vendors must prepare the foods themselves and serve it out of a truck, trailer, minivan, cart, trike or bike!

 

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