Parties for the Park is Durham Central Park’s biggest fundraiser and helps to raise more than one third of the park’s annual operating budget. This year, we are making plans so people stay safe while celebrating and raising funds to support Durham Central Park!

We are in 2020 party planning mode and tickets go on sale soon! Here are the types of Parties you can expect this fall. Can you join the fun and help host this year? Ready to host? Please email Lee Ann Tilley, Parties for the Park Chair: [email protected]

Small Outdoor Gatherings

This year, we are taking it outside! Host a garden party, fire up your barbecue, dust off your croquet set, or hold a soiree in Durham Central Park. To stay in compliance with Durham’s Safer-at-Home orders, outdoor parties are limited to 25 or fewer, masks are required, and physical distancing is encouraged. 

Virtual Parties

By now, we are all very familiar with Zoom, so let’s use it to party! How about a virtual wine tasting, cocktail hour, cooking class or game night? Right now, when it’s hard to be able to gather, we hope that you can find camaraderie and a shared love of Durham Central Park online–plus, any of your friends around the world can join. Have a great idea for a Zoom party? Let us know!

Quaranteam/Pod Parties

Instead of tickets being available to the public, host your small, private gathering with your “pod” (circle of people) and pledge to raise an amount of money you specify ($50/$100/$500/$1000/etc) to donate to the park.

Durham Central Park is a 5-acre city park that is managed, programmed and developed by Durham Central Park, Inc. (DCP, Inc.) a 501c3 non-profit organization. DCP, Inc. receives no direct funding from the City of Durham, all of the funds raised to operate the park come from donations, grants, sponsorships and fundraisers like these.

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Parties for the Park Sponsors

Special thanks to our Parties for the Park sponsors! Their generous support helps make everything we do in the park possible.