Grant $$$ for one lucky park
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is partnering with the Walt Disney Company to revitalize parks across the USA. Through their Meet Me At The Park initiative, one of three Durham parks will receive a $20,000 grant. We get to choose which one with our online votes.
Here are the projects:
Youth Soccer Tournament
The Organization for Youth Leadership and Engagement (aka Triangle Muslims) is sponsoring a monthlong Soccer Tournament for boys and girls. Boys can compete at the elementary and middle school levels and girls can compete at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. (Elementary school teams will play without goalies.)
Games will be played on Saturdays, 2:30–4:30pm, at XL Soccer World (5600 Hillsborough St, in Raleigh). Save by signing up as soon as possible. Early registration, by or on Saturday, April 8, will have a fee of $25; regular registration, by or on Saturday, April 15, will cost $30; and site registration, by or on April 22, will cost $35. You can easily pay and register online by clicking here.
Click here to visit the Triangle Muslims website for more info (and to see more events), and contact Arif Khan or Shamaila Khan at 919-925-2279 for questions.
Futsal spring season
The spring season of futsal is about to begin! Never heard of it? Futsal started in South America and is getting really popular here—it’s a scaled-down, even quicker version of soccer (fútbal). It’s fast and it’s fun. David Fallerath heads up Durham Atlético, an adult (age 16+) futsal league that plays its games in Sherwood Park, WD Hill (both indoors and outside in The Rink), Lyon Park, and The Cage (on the American Tobacco Campus).
First-division play is very competitive; some of the players have played professionally. Second division is also competitive. The third and fourth divisions are best for players learning the sport. The divisions are co-ed; some teams have only one woman, others have more, up to half, all depending on the level of play (no quotas).
Click here to learn more and to register either as a team or as an individual player looking to join a team. Games will start the week of April 17. Explore the website or call 919-998-6852 for more info.
Longball Durham baseball tryouts
It’s youth baseball season! Durham Triple Play Longball is a member of Major League Baseball’s RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program, and it’s a youth baseball league for young men ages 13 to 18. Tryouts will be held on Saturday, April 22, 11am–2pm, at Hillside Park (the one at 1300 S Roxboro St--not Hillside High School). Call league president Pat James at 919-236-3101 or click here for more info.
Youth Baseball Clinic
Speaking of baseball … An intensive, one-day Youth Baseball Clinic for kids ages 5 to 12 will be held on Saturday, April 29, 10am–2pm, at Valley Springs Park (3805 Valley Springs Rd). They’ll work on fundamentals including hitting, throwing, fielding, pitching, and more—and better still, they’ll get to see if baseball is a game they want to pursue. There’s a $6 fee; call 919-560-4355 for more info..
DBL youth basketball
Basketball players ages 12 to 16 are invited to try out for the DBL Basketball League on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30, 2pm, at the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club. Click here to register online; a draft will be held after tryouts and Scout Days (Tuesday, May 2 and Wednesday, May 3, 6pm, in the Lakewood School Gym (2520 Vesson Ave)).
Founded by Campaign4 Change founder Vegas Don, DBL (“Don’s Basketball League”) offers a professional-sports experience for the young ballers free of charge. Click here to find out about opportunities to participate as halftime entertainers, Fan Club members (ages 5–12), Ball Boys (ages 7–12), and Noise Boyz (ages 5–9).
DBL has expanded to 20 teams and three cities (Durham, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount). Call Vegas Don at 919-519-8156 or 919-291-2077 for more info on sponsorship, coaching, and educational opportunities.
Durham NC parkrun
If you like to run for fun, join Durham NC parkrun. Once you register, you can take part in timed 5k runs on Saturdays starting at 8am in Southern Boundaries Park (100 Third Fork Dr). Print out your barcode from the website so the officials can give you your time. Check out the course here, and click here to sign up/print out your barcode. It’s free; click here to see typical questions asked of the volunteer organizers (or simply write to email@example.com with your questions. Some of the runners relax after the weekly run at Foster’s Market in Durham (2694 Durham–Chapel Hill Blvd (aka Hwy 15-501))—if you have the time, feel free to join them.
Pony Ride (on bikes)
The Adventure Cyclists of Bull City (AC/BC), Durham Cycles, Seven Stars Cycles, and Bullseye Bicycle are banding together to cosponsor the Pony Ride on Tuesday, April 11. Meet at the Major the Bull sculpture in CCB Plaza (Corcoran St between Chapel Hill and Parrish Sts) at 6pm and join a bike ride that will end at Ponysaurus Brewing Co (219 Hood St). Visit the Facebook page to stay current with this monthly event.
Heart & Sole Mall Walkers
Lots of folks join the Heart & Sole Mall Walkers Club and walk at their leisure in Northgate Mall (1058 W Club Blvd) anytime between 7am and 9pm Monday through Saturday and between 9am and 6pm on Sundays. Stop by the Food Gallery on Tuesday, April 12, 8:30am, for the free monthly breakfast and info session about the Durham YMCA before starting your morning walk. Call 919-286-4400 or click here for more info.
Durham Bike+Walk Plan
The City of Durham’s final draft of the Durham Bike+Walk Plan is now available online. Ideas were accepted from residents, consultants, and others and combined into one document. You’re encouraged to take a look at it and make your suggestions for improvements or voice your concerns through Friday, April 28.
Click here to get to the cover page of the Bike+Walk Plan; links to the online and print-friendly versions are provided. When you’re ready to add your input, click here to send your ideas/concerns to Bryan Poole. Or you can attend a drop-in–style public meeting in the Temple Building (302 W Main St) on April 18, 4:30–6:30pm.
Heels in Motion mall walkers
Start your walking routine by joining Heels in Motion, the mall-walkers at Streets at Southpoint Mall (6910 Fayetteville Rd). The mall opens for walkers Monday–Saturday at 8am (and closes at 9pm), and Sundays at 10am (closes at 7pm). Stop in at the Food Court on Wednesday, April 26, 8am, for the free breakfast and health talk before starting your morning walk. Call 919-572-6450 or click here for more info; sign up at any time at the Welcome Center on the ground floor. They keep a notebook on the desk where you can keep track of your mileage every day.
Did you know that Durham Parks and Recreation has a Weather Line at 919-560-4636? If you’re planning to attend a DPR event and the weather’s iffy, just call the DPR Weather Line or visit their Facebook page to see whether the event has been cancelled.
Sign up for programs online first by opening an account: Go to DPRPlayMore.org, click on “Register Online,” and then click on “Request New Account” in the upper right-hand corner.