Durham Central Park is a five-acre city-owned park that is operated by Durham Central Park, Inc. a 501c3 non-profit organization. DCP Inc. holds a management agreement with the City of Durham to manage, develop and sustain the park. The city provides support services to the park including mowing the lawns, trash pickup and the downtown Ambassadors. All other maintenance, improvements and management of Durham Central Park are paid for by donations, grants, and program and rental income.

As a non-profit, Durham Central Park, Inc. is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and run by a small staff.


Erin Kauffman, Executive Director
Tess Mangum, Programming Manager
Bryce Northington, Project Coordinator

2021 Board of Directors

Executive Committee

  • Chantal Winston, President
  • Nil Ghosh, Vice President
  • Becky Hacker, Secretary
  • Michael Shiflett, Treasurer
  • Courtney James, Past President
  • Ann Alexander, At-large
  • Dan Jewell, At-large
  • Kharmika Tillery-Alston, At-large

General Board

  • Vernetta Alston
  • Ellen Cassilly
  • Helena Cragg
  • Ann Evans
  • Eryn Gorang
  • Allie Jaarsma
  • Morgan Haynes
  • Hank Majestic
  • Sharon Reuss
  • Jose Santibanez
  • Lee Ann Tilley
  • Alexandra Valladares
  • Ben Weber


Allen Wilcox  & Curt Eshelman (Founders)



Durham Central Park Inc.’s Non-Discrimination Policy

Durham Central Park, Inc. does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, national original, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or military status, in any of its activities or operations or activities. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors and provision of services. We are committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, consultants, vendors and the general public.

Durham Central Park, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment and advertisements for employments, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or genetic information.