Friday, January 30, 2015

Fitness for all ages at Walltown Park Recreation Center!

At Walltown Park Recreation Center we strive to provide fitness activities for all age groups. When we tell you that we offer something for everyone, we're not kidding! Take a look at the videos of the fun fitness activities we offer each week then click the link to see our full offering of programs!

Click here to see our spring program brochure!

"Preschoolers run, stretch, and play to music."
ages: 1-5 years

"Teens work with a former college athlete to build speed, strength, and agility."
ages: 13-17
ages: 18+
"Adults move to the beat of the music and burn calories without even realizing it!"

Thursday, January 29, 2015

What a Great Way to Bring the Community Together!

Many of our adult tennis players and youth tennis players was involved in the "Tennis Celebration Banquet"  held by Hope Valley Country Club.  The Video below captures some of the special moments of this wonderful celebration.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Congratulations to Cathy Baldwin!

Congratulations to Cathy Baldwin for receiving the “Local League Coordinator of the Year” award for 2014 Junior Tennis League for the entire Southern Section.  Cathy established excellent partnerships with various groups and various Community Leaders to recruit them to coach and recruit junior tennis players for our 2014 Leagues.  Cathy  had 70%  of her participants to returned this year to play again and she also had a 30% growth with new players.  Cathy focused on making connections with as many feed in programs as possible to recruit that “new child” a soon as a racket is placed in their hands by them participating in tennis clinics, carnivals and/or novice tennis events. 

Cathy attended the United States Tennis Association Award’s Banquets in Atlanta in January, 2015 to receive her award.  The Department is very proud of her efforts in touching the lives of so many youth and very proud of her ability to be a team player.

Congratulations to Cathy – way to go!

Monday, January 26, 2015

What is really cheating in the world of sports?

I’ve heard a lot of people make the statement in regards to sports that “If you’re not cheating then you’re not trying”. My response to that is, what defines cheating and why do we tolerate cheating at all? What actually crosses the line between trying to gain a competitive edge and cheating in the world of sports?

So, when a Major League Pitcher rubs sweat on a baseball or intentionally scuffs up the ball to gain a better grip, is it cheating? It actually states in the Major League Baseball rule book that a player or team can not alter the league provide baseballs. It occurs in most Major League Baseball games, but umpires and Major League Baseball executives allow it to occur without punishment. So if this is by definition cheating, then why do we tolerate it and how do we determine when it is acceptable or it needs to be punished?  

I could cite more examples of this thin line between competitive advantage and cheating, but I’d like to leave you one more question and see how viewers respond to the questions posed in this blog article.

Did the New England Patriots cheat when they used under-inflated footballs in the AFC championship game?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Fitness Friday!

Do you have that "blah" feeling? Are you having trouble getting in shape? Come check out our new equipment in the fitness area at Walltown Park Recreation Center, where we make it easy to Get Active!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

What has happened on January 22nd in sports???

A little sports history… What has happened on January 22nd in sports?


1857 - National Association of Baseball Players founded, NY
1948 - Jim Laker takes 7-103 in his 1st Test Cricket innings v WI Barbados
1950 - Polly Riley wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
1956 - 
Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
1960 - 10th 
NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 125-115 at Philadelphia
1960 - Paul Pender beats Sugar Ray Robinson for middleweight boxing title
1963 - Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Naples Professional Golf Tournament
1967 - NFL 
Pro Bowl: East beats West 20-10
1968 - 
NBA announces it will expand to Milwaukee & Phoenix
1969 - Roy Campanella & Stan Musial elected to baseball Hall of Fame
1972 - 22nd 
NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 112-110 at LA
1973 - George Foreman TKOs Joe Frazier in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
1980 - PGA begins a senior golf tour
1980 - West Indies beat England 2-0 to win 1st World Series Cup
1981 - O A "Bum" Phillips becomes head coach of 
New Orleans Saints
1983 - Houston is 1st 
NBA team to be held scoreless in an overtime Portland Trail Blazers out score them 17-0 & win 113-96
1984 - Annette Kennedy of SUNY sets women's basketball record with 70 pts
1984 - Super Bowl XVIII: LA Raiders beat Wash Red Skins, 38-9 in Tampa Super Bowl MVP: Marcus Allen, LA Raiders, RB
1987 - Blizzard in NJ, as 334 attend Devils-Flame NHL game, NJ wins 7-5
1988 - 1st-class cricket debut of Brian Lara, Trinidad & Tobago v Leeward Is
1988 - 1st-class cricket debut of Hansie Cronje, OFS v Transvaal
1988 - Mike Tyson TKOs Larry Holmes in 4 for heavyweight boxing title
1989 - 
Super Bowl XXIII: San Francisco 49ers beat Cincinnati Bengals 20-16 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Jerry Rice, San Francisco, WR
1989 - After winning his third Super Bowl as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, Bill Walsh retires
1990 - Will Clark, NL's MVP signs a $15M 4-year contract with SF Giants
1994 - 45th 
NHL All-Star Game: East beat West 9-8 at NY Rangers
1994 - East beats West 9-8 in 45th NHL All Star Game at Madison Square Garden in NYC
1995 - 
Pat Bradley wins LPGA HealthSouth Inaugural Golf Tournament
1998 - NHL's Minnesota franchise selects the nickname Wild
1998 - Rickey Henderson, rejoins Oakland A's for 4th time
1998 - World League of American Football renamed as NFL Europe

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

Lunchtime Fitness at Walltown!

Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12pm-1pm.   This is a great way to spend your break!  We will work all areas in this H.A.B.I.T. (Hips, Abs, Butt, and Incredible Thighs) class.  You will start your journey to a positive lifestyle and leave with a sense of accomplishment!  Come out and give it a try!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Teens, Teams, and Friday Nights

Friday Night Lights

After my sophomore year of high school I realized that football was no longer for me. I still had plenty of extracurricular activities: baseball, swimming, basketball etc, but none filled my Friday night’s the way that football had. I still attended many of the games but what was I supposed to do afterward? For me it was straight back home because in the words of my mother, “nothing good happens on a Friday night past 8 o’clock.” To an extent my mother was right; there was a lot of trouble I could’ve gotten myself into had I stayed out late on Friday nights. At any given time you can flip on the news and see the results of mixing teenagers, late nights, and a lack of supervision.  Often the results aren’t pretty and sometimes they can be tragic.
Durham Parks and Recreation is helping me prove my mother wrong by offering plenty for teens to do on Friday nights. Walltown, for one, is open until 10pm on Friday nights and plays host to around 40 teenagers for friendly pick-up basketball games and other activities. “Teen Night,” takes place at nearly all of the city’s recreation centers and offers several opportunities for students 13-18 years old. From the roots of Teen Night grew “Night Flight;” a free basketball league for teenagers.  Games occur every other Friday night (with practice between) from October to March. Night Flight is comprised of eight teams representing the city’s seven recreation centers. Games are played at each of the centers and transportation as well as uniforms, are provided to players. Parents and the public are encouraged to attend these games, also free of charge, and cheer on your respective community center. The games are sure to be high energy and always entertaining. Just last Friday the Walltown Wildcats won in dramatic fashion. Check out the footage below then call Jonathan Ray (919-560-4296) to find out how your teen(s) can be a part of the action! 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Upcoming Registrations

Walltown Programs
Step by Step Ballet
Junior Cheerleading
Drumming Classes
PS4 Tournament
Photography Class
Technology Made Easy
Line Dancing
Athletic Programs
Youth Flag Football
                                                     Durham Girls Soccer League
Kiddie Kickers Soccer
Youth and Adult Tennis

For information on WalltownProgramming contact 919-560-4296

For information on AthleticProgramming contact 919-560-4355

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Trail or Park Tuesday

These two parks of Durham might not be where you regularly visit, but they certainly offer an exciting opportunity for something different! Go to the Durham Parks and Recreation website ( to find out more!

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Real Housewives of Tennis

I have become the woman I hated five years ago. You know her, she runs around all day in her tennis clothes, with nothing but time on her hands to play tennis.

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I wish the current clothes had this much coverage. Image credit:
It started slowly, innocently. My neighbors and I decided to start playing over three years ago. We were beginners, and when I say beginners, I mean we wore running shorts, t-shirts and running shoes to our first fast feed clinic. To the next one, we wore yoga pants. Then, we bought skirts. And then, tanks that matched. It took a couple months before I would buckle down and buy tennis shoes. Our Friday fast feeds continued. We all bought new rackets. We were asked to join a team. Oh my goodness, we made it, WE WERE ASKED TO JOIN A TEAM!

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No this is not my team. But the one in the green glasses is a force to be reckoned with, you can just tell. Image credit:
Most all the rumors about tennis teams are true. Any time you put that many women in a competitive situation together, you are bound to have drama. I always enjoy watching all the women realtors and women in sales play tennis; it’s like jumping from the frying pan into the fire for them. Compete at work, then compete at sports.

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The thrill of victory! Image credit: UPI
Why are women waiting until the age of 35 to start their sports careers? For me, and many around me, this is the rising of the phoenix of all of our old athletic abilities. I played sports all through school, but stopped in my 20’s. Why? I was busy working, going out, living the high life, oh, then that sidebar of getting married and having kids put a damper on the sports career.
So are you thinking about playing? Here’s some basics you need to know before you start. This is full disclosure time of what to expect.


It’s all about the outfits, and the right outfits are key. Match without looking too matchy. No sport has better clothing choices, hands down. A close second might be yoga, but it doesn’t really hold a candle. We recently changed our uniforms, only to arrive at our first match to find that the opposing team had the same uniforms. The devastation was worse than arriving at prom wearing the same dress as someone else.

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The tennis outfits from the Maria Sharapova collection at Nike are like cocktail dresses. Image credit:


It’s all about the gear, too. Get a good tennis racket, but be constantly shopping for a new one, or “trying one out.” It’s good to very publicly announce that you are “taking it out for a spin,” so that if you are making lots of errors, you can blame it on the loaner racket. And for goodness sakes, get a cute tennis bag to give your treasure a home.

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This is a touchy subject. I love my team, and I think we get along so well because we are not all best friends. Teams comprised of best friends turn into soap opera material fast. Lots of feelings are involved in this game, and most them are hurt ones. When you play your friends competitively, please act like you are not good friends on the court. Be silent. You’ll never beat her if you let your guard down. You’ll apologize later.


Tennis is a sport you can play your entire life. I know this much is true: the older and more seasoned a player, the worse she is going to beat you. They may have wheeled her off the retirement home van to your court, but she has more strategy and ball placement skills in her left pinky than you do in your whole body. Get ready to make a fool of yourself.
Watch out. This one is going to whip your booty. Image credit:
Watch out. This one is going to whip your booty. Image credit:


Beware of the competitors who say they are “laid back” or “don’t care.” They are actually the complete opposite. Their casual attitude is all part of the Oscar-winning performance in a tennis drama. Also, beware of the competitor who says she’s “clueless” or “doesn’t know the rules” and tries to engage in conversation the entire time, making friendly chatter. She is wearing down your guard so that she can eat you for lunch, as well.
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Eating after the match is the part you will look forward to the most. General rule of thumb: the lunch that the other team brings is a direct indicator of the kind of people they are. The better the lunch, the better the people. If they serve you cheese and crackers, store-bought cookies and an old, 2-liter of Fanta, never, never socialize or befriend these people. We look forward to playing the teams who always bring good food. You know the food is going to be good when the cook provides copies of the recipe next to her selection. (True story).


Tennis is a great vehicle for drinking, but unlike golf, you cannot drink while you play. Well, at least not openly. But many a match player has warmed up with a cocktail. Some teams hit the Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s after the daytime match. Even tennis meetings seem to always involve alcohol and have been known have only a 10-minute agenda followed by a five-hour drinking party.


You will get injured. I’ve been injured more in the three years I’ve played tennis than with any other sport in my life. Sprained ankle, plantar fasciitis, sprained wrist, torn calf muscle, torn quad muscle, the list is endless. Name a muscle or a joint, and every member of my team has hurt one of them. One of my team members wears a brace on just about every joint (she says it’s lucky). The direct correlation is, the more braces you wear, the better player you are. You are a seasoned veteran, battle scars and all.
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Gods, higher powers and other superstitions

My tennis partner is Jewish and I am Catholic. In times of severe anxiety (i.e., tiebreakers or match points), I bust out the rosary and have been known to do the sign of the cross before my serve. (It’s subtle; I’m not looking like Pope Francis or something). Or as my partner says, “Just do your praying thing.” I’m also VERY superstitious, only playing with certain balls, making sure my feet are in the same place on the line. Some teams do a group hug or prayer before the match. They probably all rode together to the match, too. That’s a cult-like performance and there are possibly voodoo dolls involved off court. But you know the saying, “It’s only weird if it doesn’t work.”

It’s your money or your time

And you’re going to need a lot of both if you get sucked in to this sport, like me. People spend entire summers in private lessons perfecting a serve or a shot. Last fall, I blinked and all of a sudden I was playing tennis four times a week, on two teams. It happens fast ladies, and it’s a slippery slide into the abyss of lessons, practice, court time … otherwise known as sheer heaven for a tennis player.
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Like a cult, you get lured in. A practice here, a game there, a lesson here, a new tennis dress there. Then you look up and you devoting more time to the tennis gods than you are to your own family.
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Team huddle before a match. Image credit:
So why do we play? Simple: it’s the most addicting sport, ever. You get a workout, use your brain and get to exert all of your pent up aggression. It’s a different game every time. I learn a lot about myself playing tennis, some good things and some bad.
Are you ready to join us? Come on in, the water’s warm!
Thank you to fellow tennis addict, StyleBlueprint Memphis Editor Christian Owen, for collaborating with me on this story. She feels my pain.
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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Throw Back Thursday

Uniforms they have changed a little
Shorts were a little short back then. How have your uniforms changed since you were younger? We would love to see some of your old team pictures if you have any old ones you would like to show off on the blog email

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Upcoming Registrations


Walltown Programs
Step by Step Ballet
Junior Cheerleading
Drumming Classes
PS4 Tournament
Photography Class
Technology Made Easy
Line Dancing
 Athletic Programs
Youth Flag Football
                                                   Durham Girls Soccer League
Kiddie Kickers Soccer
Youth and Adult Tennis

For information on Walltown Programming contact 919-560-4296

For information on Athletic Programming contact 919-560-4355