We’d like to give a shout out to one of our local business partners, Fisher Graphic Arts. Mitch Fitcher does great signs, murals, custom framing, and has done lots of pro bono work for the Park. Where can you see his work? Forest Hills Neighborhood signs and the Durham Farmers’ Market sign, to name a few. Their showroom is in Old West Durham. www.fishergraphicarts.com.
Do you love our Food Truck Rodeos but crave something a little more intimate, with no long lines? Then give Trucks From The Market a try! It’s a private ticketed affair, (part of the Meals From The Market series) Sunday, September 28, where you sample food from 17 of the Triangle’s best food trucks. You can even SHARE your $50 ticket with a friend or two. https://durhamcentralpark.org/events/meals-from-the-market/meals-2014/
Grant writing is crucial to any non-profit, but Durham Central Park is especially pleased to announce Winter grant writing is turning into programming dollars! We have been award a Durham Arts Council 2014-15 Season Grant, which will specifically help ensure the Warehouse Blues Series, a beloved series of free Blues concerts, will continue in 2015!
The Durham Arts Council’s Season Grant Program provides access to quality arts experiences for the people of Durham by supporting the activities of arts organizations that provide a range of professional and amateur arts opportunities. Applications to the Season Grant Program are evaluated by a panel of community experts and evaluated on five major criteria: artistic quality, community impact, feasibility of project, stability and fiscal responsibility of organization and diversity of organization.
Durham Central Park’s Executive Director Ann Alexander says “we are proud to be partnering with DAC and couldn’t carry on the fine Warehouse Blues Series tradition without them.”
Food Truck map, so you can plot your course and choose from 50 local trucks. Limited number of hard copies will also be available Sunday at DCP welcome table. Need more info? https://www.facebook.com/events/490872007677447/
In less than two weeks, local individuals, businesses and families have pulled together, donating more than $10,000 to Durham Central Park’s $25,000 Mt. Merrill Kickstarter campaign. WRAL’s indispensable parenting blog, GoAskMom, is lending a hand to spread the word, as we approach the campaign’s crucial half way point: GoAskMom http://www.wral.com/kickstarter-campaign-raises-money-for-durham-playground/13629419/
Building Mt. Merrill, the interactive, handicap-accessible climbing mound, has also become a community effort in terms of gathering donated and recycled materials. “Stone Brothers & Byrd is donating trees and plantings, and local sculptor Al Frega is donating benches” says DCP Board chair Lee Ann Tilley.
Shout out and BIG thank you to Tracey Goetz and Sarah Artz and all the Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/York Simpson Underwood Realty group and Old North State Landscaping (Will and Ben Lang and their crew) for a great workday at Durham Central Park on Saturday morning, April 26! They brought tons of mulch, new hostas and a beautiful Japanese maple to spruce up their garden in the south west corner of the park. Take a gander behind the Pavilion, beside the Measurement Inc parking lot. These folks are a wonderful example of how Durham Central Park is a REAL community effort! We could not do it without you!
Come see the garden…it’s beautiful!
Indyweek editor Lisa Sorg published an interesting feature this week about condos and apartments springing up downtown–including adaptive reuse and new structures surrounding Durham Central Park. “Central Park has a lot of potential. The question is how do you take advantage of that and grow it without destroying what made it attractive in the first place?” says Durham native Alston Gardner, who is buying 619–621 Foster St.
“We are excited about the opportunity for more people to live downtown and enjoy all its amenities. Durham Central Park will become an even greater asset to Durham!” says Lee Ann Tilley, Durham Central Park Board Chair. DCP Executive Director Ann Alexander seconds her positive outlook. “I will be happy to see more condos within walking distance of Durham Central Park. The development of DCP has been a catalyst for this growth. A thriving, walkable community is exactly what the original vision of DCP had in mind over 15 years ago and now it’s finally happening!”
What do YOU think?
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/
RVT Paisley holding Bear and assistant Sally holding Boone, at Durham Central Park
Durham Central Park now has a new dog waste bag station, thanks to Broadway Veterinary Hospital! They are downtown Durham’s first vet, offering veterinary care primarily for dogs and cats. They also offer acupuncture to help treat chronic pain conditions and other medical disorders.
Already woven into the fabric of the community, BVH is a Sustain-A-Bull member and a place to earn and redeem Bull City Bucks. Check out their upcoming puppy classes or open house, April 12-13th (during the Durham Art Walk.)
“We wanted to support DCP because it is such a great place for the Durham community to gather – whether that is for the Farmer’s Market, Food Truck Rodeos, or other events. It’s a great place to bring a dog for exercise and relaxation, and it’s always important to keep the area clean for others to enjoy” says Broadway Veterinary Hospital owner, Amber Meade, MS, DVM. www.bvhdurham.com
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.