Keep DCP beautiful through our Cardinal Campaign

Have you seen our red cardinal logo on the new Durham Central Park Pavilion sign, the cardinals at the top of Mt. Merrill’s pole’s or the cardinal sculpture kids love to play on across the park’s bridge? Durham Central Park’s aptly-named annual fundraising campaign, the Cardinal Campaign, is in full swing. Our income sources are simple: 30% from rentals of the Pavilion, 40% from events like Meals from the Market and Food Truck Rodeos and 30% from the Cardinal Campaign. We receive no financial support from the City of Durham. Everything we do to improve and maintain the park comes from community support. Join the fun!!! It’s easy to give, and contributions are tax deductible: http://durhamcentralpark.org/donate/. Thank you.

Meals From The Market Nets $30K for DCP!

DCP Board Chair Lee Ann Tilley has some impressive final stats to share about this year’s Meals From The Market, which netted $3200 more than last year for Durham Central Park:

Dear friends and hosts, I want to share some of the numbers as we close out our Meals from the Market season:

1 only one had to cancel (not unusual)
2 enthusiastic couples hosted for the first time
5 meals successfully sold tickets priced at over $100
6 attended the most intimate wine tasting
restaurants made super generous donations
7 DCP board members hosted
9 invited guests into their private homes
17 food trucks donated their time and delicious fare
18 meals held, including 3 separate cooking classes
21 had a swim before their meal
28 pedaled on the NC Biker Bar
40 filled the upper dining room at Mateo Tapas
50 enjoyed singing at Urban Durham Realty
52 found a seat at Gocciolina
115 attended the Trucks from the Market
388 tickets sold in all
8,800 dollars collected from our business sponsors
$30,000 netted for the benefit of Durham Central Park!
 
We could not have done it without you!  I hope everyone had as much fun as our guests did.

Local business partner spotlight: Fisher Graphic Arts

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.

Trucks From The Market: a “mini” Food Truck Rodeo

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/

Trucks From The Market poster

Warehouse Blues Series Awarded DAC Season Grant!

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.”

Lakota John Locklear at Warehouse Blues 201417-year-old Lakota John Locklear performing at the 2014 Warehouse Blues Series

 

GoAskMom helps Mt. Merrill Kickstarter campaign rise to $10K

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.

Thank you April 26 Durham Central Park Workday Crew!

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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!

“Condo Mania” Surrounds Durham Central Park!

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?