Kroger’s new “Community Rewards” program is a way to turn your regular shopping (everything but stamps, lottery, etc.) into an instant donation to Durham Central Park. Sign up today at https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards and be sure to use your Rewards card when you shop. We are non-profit #92915. Thank you!
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://
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:
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.
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/
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/
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.