Cool off with DPR
There’s nothing like splashing about on a hot day—and so far, we’re having a really hot summer! All kinds of activities, classes, exercise sessions, and swimming lessons are offered in Durham Parks and Recreation’s indoor pools.
IR Holmes Sr/Campus Hills Pool
2000 S Alston Ave, 919-560-4444
Edison Johnson Aquatic Center
500 W Murray Ave, 919-560-4265
Long Meadow Pool
917 Liberty St, 919-560-4202
Forest Hills Pool
1639 University Dr, 919-560-4782
Hillside Park Pool
1221 Sawyer St, in Hillside Park (1301 S Roxboro St), 919-560-4783
East End Park Sprayground (1200 N Alston Ave)
Edison Johnon Sprayground (500 W Murray Ave)
Forest Hills Park (1639 University Dr)
Hillside Park Sprayground (1301 S Roxboro St)
NCCU sports camps
The North Carolina Central University Athletics Department hosted several sports events for young athletes last month. The final one will be for high school basketball players:
Summer basketball for players with disabilities
Edison Johnson Recreation Center (500 W Murray St) is home of an 8-week Summer Basketball program for young people with disabilities (age 13+). All levels are welcome and the cost to participate is $28. Sessions will be held on Sundays, 4–6pm through July 29. Call 919-560-4270 for more info.
The next Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC) meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 17, 7pm, in City Hall’s 2nd-floor Committee Room (101 City Hall Plaza).
Bridge II Sports will host Wheelchair Hoops @ The Cage (the YMCA “Cage” Court at American Tobacco Campus, 304 Blackwell St) on Friday, July 20, 5:30–7pm. Wheelchair basketball players who are looking for fun or who are getting ready for the August Madness games (at PNC Arena) are invited to play. It’s free; call 866-880-2742 or click here for more info.
Summer sports and activities with DPR
This is just a tiny sample of the sports and fitness activities offered by Durham Parks and Recreation. Click here to see the online version of the Play More catalog. You can sign up for activities online or by stopping by the DPR office (400 Cleveland St); call 919-560-4355 for more info.
YOUTH OPEN GYM BASKETBALL; free
Line dance classes
If you want to get into shape, get ready for the upcoming wedding and family-reunion season, or just have fun with friends, you can join any of several line dance classes being offered around town:
Durham Parks and Recreation offers tennis classes for both kids and adults:
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, July 10, 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.
LCHC Walk Club
The Lincoln Community Health Center Walk Club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9–10am, at WD Hill Recreation Center (1308 Fayetteville St). Call 919-956-4000 for more info.
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.
Youth track & field invitational
The 31st annual Russell E Blunt East Coast Invitational will be held at Durham County Memorial Stadium (750 Stadium Dr) from Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 22. This USATF-sponsored event will feature some of the best track-and-field athletes from age 8 up to 18) in the area. All participants must be registered by Sunday, July 15; the fees are $8 per individual event and $24 per relay event. Click here for more info, rules, and schedule. The invitational is free to attend.
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, July 25, 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.