Friday, December 19, 2014

Happy Holidays from DPR

As we celebrate the Holiday Season, Durham Parks and Recreation would like to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Holiday!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Winter Break Activities at Walltown Park Recreation Center

If you need a place for your child (ages 5-12) to go during the holiday break, please consider Walltown Park Recreation Center.  We will be hosting Fun Day and Intersession Camp from December 22-January 9 (closed December 24-26, and January 1).  Your child will create art projects, go on a field trip, watch exciting movies, and meet new friends!   We will offer a Sports Camp the week of January 5-9 with U-Sports hosting the camp!  You definitely do not want to miss this exciting program.  Space is limited, so register today!  

Friday, December 5, 2014

Spring Programs

Good news everyone, the spring PlayMore is here! This means that you now have the opportunity to register for our spring programs occurring January through May. Check out all of our spring offerings at the link below!

Spring PlayMore!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

                    Is there a Right or Wrong Way to Coach.

Whether your child is playing football or basketball, does your child's coach take their role as a coach too far. Take a look at this video and tell us what you think? Parent's are putting more pressure on their kids and living out their dreams of them being the next Peyton Manning or Michael Jordan. How far would you let your child's coach go.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Eno River League Winners at State Level

Congratulations to Donna Webb's 55 & Over 6.5 Combo Team.

Donna's team went to Wilmington Nov. 13-16 for the North Caroline Combo Division State Championships and represented our area well with a win and advancement to the National Championships in Auburn, Alabama.  Good Luck ladies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Snow? Already??

The picture to the left was taken in Vance County this morning!
Did any of our readers experience a November snowfall today? Post your pictures in the comments and be sure to tell us your favorite activities to do in the snow!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Fun Fitness Week!

Everyone has New Year Resolutions to always do better when it comes to fitness!   Well, the first week of January in 2015, the City of Durham Parks and Recreation Department will offer Fun Fitness week at various locations.  This will be a time to try out selected classes for FREE during the entire week.  Click on the link below and mark your calendars for an exciting week!  

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Field space is there ever enough?

SF Rec And Park To Cease Granting Adult Permits For Mission Playground Soccer Field


San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department decided today to stop granting permits for adults to play at a soccer field in the city’s Mission District following a recent showdown caught on video between a group of tech workers and children already playing there.

The video taken on Aug. 18 at Mission Playground has drawn the public’s attention to who gets priority in city parks — children or those who can pay to play — and brought out a couple hundred people to the steps of City Hall this morning.

A group of adolescent soccer players, along with Supervisor David Campos and other members of the community, addressed the crowd prior to a Recreation and Park Commission meeting today.

The gathering comes after a dispute that was caught on video and posted on YouTube with the title “Mission Playground is Not For Sale” and has garnered nearly 400,000 online views.

The video shows children who were playing soccer when a group of men in Dropbox T-shirts arrived at the field waiting to play.

Some of the adults tried to kick the kids off the field, but the kids refused to leave and offered to let the adults play with them instead.

The adults continued to debate the issue and asked the kids to leave.

Edwin Lindo, vice president of political affairs for the San Francisco Latino Democratic Club, said the clash was the result of a “city policy that is pitting groups against each other.”

Hector Gomez, a 15-year-old San Francisco resident who was one of the soccer players who stood up to the “techies,” said he stood up “for the kids, for the community.”

Campos joined Hector and the other children and expressed his support.

The supervisor, who is also running for state Assembly, said the city’s “parks and recreation space belongs to all San Franciscans.”

He said the arguments over the issue are fueled by “bad choices” made by the Recreation and Park Department.

“Why don’t we all play together?” Campos said, repeating a line from the video posted on YouTube.

As a result of the Aug. 18 confrontation, effective immediately permits will no longer be issued to adults for nighttime use of Mission Playground, which has newly renovated synthetic turf soccer and lights, the Rec and Park Department announced in a statement today.

Youth league permits will still be available until 7 p.m. everyday and the field will remain open for play from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily, according to the department.

Hannah Albarazi, Bay City News
 We would like to know your thoughts on this situation as similiar scenarios are sure to happen here in Durham.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Evaluate Durham Parks and Recreation

Let us know how YOU can Play More!

Did you know that you can evaluate DPR at any time? Visit our website at, look to the right column and click on “Evaluate DPR”. It’s that easy!

Use this to let us know how satisfied you are with the programs you attend or the facilities you visit. Your feedback helps us get better!
Got a new idea for a program? Let us know! Use the same evaluation form to tell us any fun ideas that we can possibly do. We’re always looking for new ways to Play More!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Teen Night, Teen Open Gym, and Hangtime at Walltown

Walltown Park Recreation Center has an excellent array of programming for teenagers. One of our teen’s favorite activities is basketball. On Sundays from 1 p.m. -2:30 p.m. we offer Teen Open Gym. On Fridays from 7 p.m. -10 p.m. we offer Teen Night. Both offer access to pick-up basketball games in the gymnasium complete with a scoreboard and staff supervision. Hangtime is every weekday from 3 p.m. -5 p.m. and gives teens the freedom to play sports in the gymnasium (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) or hangout in the teen room (Tuesday and Thursday) where they can play pool, air hockey, PS3, Xbox 360, or Wii video games. All three programs are completely free of charge!

 If you know any teens that need a safe and fun place to hang out then send them over to Walltown!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Let's Get Fit!!

Let’s Get Fit!!
Fitness isn’t just for the middle aged it is for the youth too.  Walltown offers several fitness classes for youth and preschool.  Monday’s they have Kids Yoga, Kids Cross fit.  Tuesday’s they have Kid – O- Cize, Wednesday’s Kids Cross fit, Saturday’s Zumbatonic.  Come and sign up to get fit.