Durham Central Park is a 5-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 Ocaña, Assistant to Executive Director
Bryce Northington, Saturday Morning Ambassador

2017 Board of Directors

Executive Committee

  • Dan Jewell, President
  • Courtney James, Vice President
  • Becky Hacker, Secretary
  • Matt Gladdek, Treasurer
  • Mark Branly, Past President
  • Ann Alexander, At-large
  • Morgan Haynes, At-large
  • Ben Weber, At-large

General Board

  • Sarah Artz
  • Michelle Burgess
  • Ellen Cassilly
  • Helena Cragg
  • Curt Eshelman
  • Ann Evans
  • Nil Ghosh
  • Jillian Johnson
  • Hank Majestic
  • Judith Montenegro
  • Bryson Powell
  • Sharon Reuss
  • Justin Robinson
  • Alice Sharpe
  • Mike Shiflett
  • Lee Ann Tilley
  • Sioux Watson
  • Vera Whisenton
  • Chantal Winston
  • Mary Yost


Allen Wilcox  (Founder)


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.