It may be safe to say that the Cardinal and Turtle sculptures are Durham Central Park’s most loved features. Recently, they have started showing that love and they are ready to get back to looking new again.
Starting on Thursday April 5 (weather permitting, of course), our beloved climbable sculptures – Rockin’ Reuben (the Cardinal), Mister Pickles (the Turtle) and the Earthsplitter sandbox (or whatever you love to call them) – will get a fresh coat of paint! Local artist Mike Waller, who created and installed these sculptures over the last several years, will be in the park working on them this week. He will put on several coats of fresh paint and and sealant. Then, we will need to let them thoroughly dry and cure so that the sculptures can go back to looking their best. The whole process will take about 7 days.
During this time, all three of the sculptures will be fenced off and people are asked to stay off of them so that we can get the best results. Thanks so much for your patience during their maintenance. We’ll let you know as soon as they are ready to be climbed on again!
Wish you had a GoPro on your head every time you enjoyed a Food Truck Rodeo, free concert, Farmers Market, parade, wedding or simply being at Durham Central Park? Storyboard Media captured Durham Central Park in this Year In Review: A Place for Durham To Be Durham.
For nearly 20 years, this city-owned park has been managed, developed and programmed by Durham Central Park, Inc. a 501c3 non-profit organization. With the overwhelming support of the community, DCP Inc. has spent years working towards our mission of Providing Space for Community. If you’re as moved by this video as we are, please donate to our end of year Cardinal Campaign.
Durham’s chic rooftops, offices, restaurants, event spaces, private homes and Durham Central Park were the backdrop for 16 ticketed meals that raised more than $30,000 this fall for Durham Central Park, Inc. As a 501(c)3 organization, DCP Inc. relies on fundraisers like these plus the generosity of local residents and businesses to sustain the park. DCP, Inc. receives no funding from the City of Durham to manage, develop and program the park. Therefore, events like Meals from the Market are key to meeting the park’s fundraising goals every year. Thank you!
Continuing to maintain and improve an already amazing urban park;
Working hard to ensure that the park is accessible to everyone;
Hosting enjoyable, free events to enliven the park and enrich the community;
Offering an affordable and attractive venue in the heart of downtown; and
Safeguarding a place for people to gather in celebration or rally around a shared belief, meet up with friends or just be alone for a moment, appreciate public art or simply play in nature—a place for Durham to be Durham.
Durham Central Park and Liberty Arts Sculpture Studio & Foundry present their 2nd annual public iron pour at Durham Central Park, Saturday, November 18 from 4-9 p.m. After sunset, 1,500 pounds of molten, 2,500 degree iron will be poured into molds, in an exciting fiery display. Additionally, there will be Liberty Arts artists’ work for sale, scratch block workshops, raffles, drumming performances from Batalá Durham, DJ Yammy, art, raffles, and local food trucks and craft beer.
The public has several opportunities to make their own mold and cast iron art at the Liberty Arts Foundry at Durham Central Park during pre-pour scratch block workshops. The cost is $30 per mold. You will be able to take home your iron sculpture that day after it cools off or pick up the tiles that were too hot to take home Sunday, November 19, 10 am-12 pm.
Saturday November 11, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Thursday November 16, 5-7 p.m.
Friday, November 17, 5-7 p.m.
Saturday, November 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
“Come prepared with an design or let our artists help you design one–less detailed is often more successful” says Liberty Arts’ Executive Director Michelle Gonzales-Green.
Admission to the iron pour is free. Blankets and folding chairs welcome. Food trucks and breweries will serve from 4-9 p.m., and to kick off the event, Batala will perform two sets between 4 and 5:30 p.m. Schedule food trucks/brewers include The Pit, Route Bisto and Fullsteam Brewery. For more information, visit www.durhamcentralpark.org. For information about the scratch block workshop, contact Liberty Arts at (919) 260-2931 or register online here.
Site Info: The site of the proposed art wall is a newly constructed brick wall that forms the northeastern boundary of the park and encloses the neighboring Liberty Warehouse Apartments. The brick wall is composed of 5 panels that are interrupted by brick pilasters. On average, the wall height measures approximately 11 feet tall. It totals approximately 110 feet in length. The wall is composed of a concrete masonry unit (CMU) with a brick veneer. The use of the entire wall length (5 panels) is not required, but a competitive submission will preferably activate at least 3 panels. In addition, submissions are allowed but not required to project out onto the ground plane a maximum of 15 feet from the wall.
You may have noticed that this week’s Indy cover story takes place in Durham Central Park. Here’s what we we want you to know.
Statement to the Indy
Durham Central Park is a 5 acre public park in downtown Durham. The land is owned by the City of Durham. Durham Central Park, Inc, a 501c3 non-profit organization, holds a management agreement to develop, manage and program the park.
Since the park was established in 2001, it has become an active, public community gathering space. For over a decade now, the park has been the backdrop for concerts, movies, celebrations, food truck rodeos, the Durham Farmers’ Market and many cultural events that have helped to make downtown Durham a lively, vibrant place to be.
DCP, Inc.’s mission is Providing Space for Community. That means a number of things, including continuing to maintain and improve an already amazing urban park, working hard to ensure that the park is accessible to everyone, hosting enjoyable free events to enliven the park and enrich the community, and safeguarding a place for people to gather every day of the week. We strive for Durham Central Park to be a vibrant, urban park where everyone feels welcome.
As the neighborhood around us changes and new residents move in, we hope that they have chosen to be our neighbors because they value the activity and culture of the park that has been cultivated by the wide diversity of park users. However, we realize that there may be some friction with new residents and long established activities. We are dedicated to working with all parties when there is an issue and want to find win-win solutions.
We understand that the Durham Police Department is tasked with enforcing the laws and policies that are set by the City of Durham. We expect that DPD will apply enforcement with consistency and respect. Since downtown Durham is undergoing rapid change and becoming a mixed use area, this may be a good time for the city government officials to revisit the noise ordinance to ensure that the ordinance is clear and fairly written so that the culture and fabric of what has made downtown Durham so appealing is not irreparably altered.
The 12th annual Meals from the Market fundraiser plans are coming together! We are looking for a few more folks to host meals. Would you join us?
What is Meals from the Market?
MFTM is DCP, Inc’s biggest fundraiser event! It is a series of meals from September to November where DCP enthusiasts host a meal at their home, restaurant or other venue. The meals have different themes and numbers of attendees. All the meals are donated by the hosts and the proceeds from ticket sales go straight to support DCP, Inc.
Hosting a Meal – What the Host Does
You set the date, time, location, number of guests and suggest a price for a ticket to your meal. Each Meal brings in anywhere from $600 to $6000 in total. It can be a breakfast, brunch or supper on any day of the week in September or October.
You come up with a “hook” to attract ticket sales. This could be a unique menu, location, entertainment or theme. We’ll help you come up with a catchy title.
You build interest in the meal among your friends and contact (you get to invite them for ticket pre-sales!). But, you should be prepared to host guests you have never met before.
You donate all the expenses involved. So, it helps to get co-hosts. In the end, DCP can prepare a tax letter for your in-kind donation. All ticket sales go directly to DCP.
Host the meal and have fun! Don’t think your meal has to be extravagant. Keep it to a size that will be manageable and fun for you to produce.
Hosting a Meal – What DCP Does
DCP advertises the meals by providing a detailed website with info about each meal, sending direct mailers to the DCP mailing list, and through email and social media marketing
DCP maintains and oversees ticket sales through eventbrite.com
DCP maintains the guest list and will send hosts updates as sales progress. You will be notified when your meal sells out and tickets are no longer available.
DCP will provide materials and designate a person to give a shout out to the work of DCP, Inc, during the meal.
We hope you can join us!
Meals from the Market is a great opportunity to share your enthusiasm for the park and help support the work that we do to provide this important space for the community. If you can’t host a meal right now, we hope that you will be able to join the fun at a meal this fall!
If you are interested in hosting a meal, please contact MFTM Chair, Lee Ann Tilley – [email protected]
Durham Central Park was recently featured in an article in North Carolina Homes, Durham Central Park: Revitalizing Downtown Durham. They’ve also got Durham home listings, if you’re still working on your brother/mother/best friend to pack up the van, move down and enjoy all Durham Central Park has to offer!
We need YOUR vote for $25K! Durham Central Park, Inc. is now in the running to bring a FREE 10 week live music series to Durham, June-August 2017.
Sponsored by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national foundation dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through free live music, Durham Central Park hopes to qualify as one of 15 winning organizations competing in the Levitt AMP Durham Grant Awards.
The awards are an exciting matching grant opportunity created by the Levitt Foundation to serve small to mid-sized towns and cities with populations up to 400,000. Up to fifteen nonprofits will receive $25,000 each in matching funds to produce their own Levitt AMP Music Series—an outdoor, free concert series featuring a diverse lineup of professional musicians.
Durham Central Park’s proposal is now posted on the Levitt AMP website for public voting: http://levittamp.org. If successful, Durham Central Park will partner with Durham-based Art of Cool Project on three of the ten concerts. A successful campaign for Durham Central Park depends on community participation to get as many online votes as possible to bring the concert series to town. Community support, as measured by the number of online votes received, will be one of the key factors when the Levitt Foundation selects up to 15 winners.
Supporters are asked to visit https://grant.levittamp.org/voter-registration-page/ to register and vote. Online public voting is now open andends November 21 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The Top 25 finalists will be selected through online public voting. The Levitt Foundation will then review the proposals of these 25 finalists and will select up to 15 Levitt AMP winners, which will be announced on January 5, 2017.
“Durham Central Park’s public surveys and charettes show people value Durham Central Park as a gathering place and want more FREE concerts at the Park. This is the way we can make it happen, with your help,” says Tess Mangum Ocaña, who co-wrote the grant with DCP Executive Director Erin Kauffman.
Durham Central Park asks supporters to start spreading the word to family, friends, colleagues and neighbors and rally the community to sign up and vote for Durham Central Park’s proposal. Voters must be 18 years of age or older and U.S. residents (or residents of U.S. territories.)
Durham Central Park is the five-acre downtown oasis on Foster Street. DCP is a city park, developed and maintained by Durham Central Park, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization.
We’ve heard it called a “rite of passage” for Durhamites and visitors alike: our awesome rain or shine FOOD TRUCK RODEOS. They only happen five times a year: the winter rodeo in January, spring rodeo (usually when the clocks spring forward), Father’s Day, Labor Day weekend and Halloween weekend. All you have to pay for is your choice of food or beverage from 50+ local food, beer, cider and wine entrepreneurs.Here’s the line up, or check out the map. If you love LIVE music, Counterclockwise String Band begins three sets of progressive Bluegrass, Americana and string band music at 12:30 p.m.