Mt. Merrill featured on WRAL’s GoAskMom

Each Friday, WRAL’s GoAskMom features a family-friendly destination.  Today, they stop at Mt. Merrill, Durham Central Park’s new ADA accessible “play mound”. GoAskMom played a big role last year in spreading the word about DCP’s Kickstarter campaign that helped build the playground. For video footage click here.

 

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Destination: Durham Central Park’s Mount Merrill

Durham Central Park already packs in the crowds with its regular farmers’ markets and popular food truck rodeos, which pull in thousands.

Now there’s even more to do on this five acre patch of green space in the midst of downtown Durham. As I wrote last year, the nonprofit that manages the park and the activities there opened Mount Merrill, a play mound that features slides and boulders for kids to scramble around and play. A few weeks ago on a very cold day, I checked in with the park’s Tess Mangum Ocana for a quick tour.

Mount Merrill was built thanks to support from across the community. Donations came in – from simple $1 donations to $25,000 checks. An online fundraising campaign helped raise $25,000 toward the $200,000 goal. Park leaders celebrated its grand opening in December.

The play space is named after Merrill Davis, whose family owns the neighborhood nursery and garden store, Stone Brothers & Byrd. Davis, who was one of the park’s biggest supporters, died in a car accident in 2012. His 2009 wedding was one of the first in the park’s pavilion.

The play mound isn’t a traditional playground, really. It’s a mound with a path leading up to the top of the slides. Park goers can take the path or they can climb over boulders to get to the slides. There are two slides – a taller one and a shorter one. The wide path allows for wheelchairs to approach the top of either slide. The nonprofit is working to add tarps to shade the play mound and its metal slides from the sun. There’s also a climbing net for kids to try out.

The mound sits next to The Leaf, a structure that serves as a meeting space, performance space or resting spot at the park … or a spot for kids to play a little hide and seek or tag. And the large cardinal and turtle, popular for climbing on, are just a few steps away.

The mound is a great addition to a destination that already draws so many people. After shopping at the market or picking out your lunch or dinner at the food truck rodeo, families can stay a little bit longer while the kids climb and slide.

Ocana envisions kids transitioning from playing on the cardinal and turtle to Mount Merrill to the park’s skate park, which sits right up the hill, as they grow. Ocana said there are long-term plans to make upgrades to the skate park, including building another set of bathrooms there. Bathrooms, which are open during park events, already exist at the park pavilion.

“This adds more for kids to do,” Ocana said. “It makes Durham Central Park a destination.”

If you go, you’ll find street parking along Foster, Hunt, Rigsbee, Roney and Corporation streets. Visitors also can park at the Durham Centre Deck at 300 Morgan St., which is two blocks away.

The Durham Farmers’ Market takes place from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, from April to November, and 10 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, from December to March. It’s also open on Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. from May to September. Food truck rodeos are held five times a year. The next one is noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, March 8.

Find Durham Central Park at 501 Foster St., downtown Durham.

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

 

Broadway Veterinary Hospital’s Donation to Durham Central Park

 

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 Festival Kicks Off April 25 With FREE Concerts at Durham Central Park

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Art of Cool announces festival schedule

Feb. 26, 2014 @ 03:15 PM
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Maceo Parker will be the headliner for the Art of Cool music festival next spring.

DURHAM —

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.

From: http://www.heraldsun.com/news/localnews/x112097463/Art-of-Cool-announces-festival-schedule 

‘Mount Merrill’ to be “a children’s magnet” at Durham Central Park

Funds are being raised to build a children’s “climbing mound” in honor of George Merrill Davis III, the former general manager of the garden supply store Stone Bros & Byrd. Durham Central Park leaders are in the early stages of fundraising for the project”  “I just think this would be the most fitting memorial to a sweet guy because this is going to attract children from all over the city,” says Lee Ann Tilley, Durham Central Park board chair. “It’s just going to be a children’s magnet.” From http://www.heraldsun.com/news/localnews/x1385731210/-Mount-Merrill-to-memorialize-former-Stone-Bros-Byrd-manager

Food Truck Rodeo, Mardi Gras kickoff lead weekend Best Bets

Thanks WRAL! A great weekend is in store for Durham and Durham Central Park. For full article visit http://www.wral.com/food-truck-rodeo-mardi-gras-kickoff-lead-weekend-best-bets/13313129/

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Food truck rodeo, Mardi Gras kickoff lead weekend best bets

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Durham is the place to be this weekend with the year’s first food truck rodeo, a Mardi Gras kickoff party and more!

It is time for the first Durham Food Truck Rodeo of 2014. More than 40 trucks, including Chirba Chirba, Pie Pushers, Porchetta and Sarge’s, will be on hand at Durham Central Park from noon to 4 p.m. There will also be some local beer from Fullsteam and live music. Weather permitting, the lawn will be full of man-made snow for sledding. Bring a lawn chair and blanket and enjoy the afternoon.

Durham is getting into the carnival spirit Saturday night with a Mardi Gras kickoff party at The Pinhook. There will be music from The Bulltown Strutters and fire dancers. The event is also an official launch party for the Durham Mardi Gras parade Indiegogo campaign. Each year this walking parade heads through downtown Durham on Fat Tuesday evening. The crowd-funding project money will be used for decorations, beads, city permits and music. The parade and block party are free to join.

Winter Food Truck Rodeo and sledding at Durham Central Park Jan. 26

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Mark Your Calendars: Sledding, food truck rodeo planned in Durham

By Sarah Lindenfeld Hall

Durham Central Park announced this week that its Winter Food Truck Rodeo on Jan. 26 also will include a sledding hill.

Durham parks and recreation will transform the Great Lawn, which is the open green space that climbs the hill between The Leaf and The Skate Park, into a winter wonderland with artificial snow for sledding, according to a press release. There will be a section at the bottom of the hill for younger kids to play, build snow forts and make snow angels.

The rodeo, from noon to 4 p.m., Jan. 26, will gather 40 of the Triangle’s most popular food trucks under Durham Central Park’s Pavilion and along Foster Street. Among the trucks scheduled to attend: Dusty Donuts, American Meltdown, MaMa Dukes, Pie Pushers, Porchetta, Fosters, Chez Moi Bakery and OnlyBurger.

Fullsteam Brewery will have beer and there will be some live music too.

The Food Truck Rodeo is rain or shine. The snow and sledding will depend on the weather. Durham Central Park is at 501 Foster St. in Durham.

2013 Cardinal Campaign Raises More Than $35,000 For Durham Central Park

With your generous donations, Durham Central Park was able to raise more than $35,000 during the 2013 Cardinal Campaign, which wrapped up a few days ago. Our income sources are simple: 30% from rentals of the Pavilion, 30% from our Meals from the Market events and 40% from the annual DCP Cardinal Campaign. Thank you for helping us keep Durham Central Park vibrant and cared for. In the coming months, we will drive full-throttle into a new campaign: Mount Merrill, a interactive, handicap accessible children’s play area planned for the eastern side of the park: https://durhamcentralpark.org/donate/current-campaigns/mount-merrill/