Bike Durham webinars
May is National Bike Month. Sadly, the special events that had been planned were cancelled, but you can watch some free webinars and stay connected to the bicycling community:
State parks closed
Governor Cooper’s stay-at-home order didn’t quite work, with Umstead Park in particular attracting way too many people trying to get some exercise and enjoy nature … surrounded by—you guessed it—more people. So now 25 parks around the state have subsequently been closed, which includes three out of the four parks covered by the Durham Skywriter. Umstead, Eno River, and Falls Lake state parks are now closed, leaving Jordan Lake the only state park accessible by the public (for now).
Springtime fitness and fun
In order to slow down (and hopefully stop) the spread of COVID-19, Durham Parks and Recreation has decided to cancel all programming until further notice.
Learn new coping skills
Dr Tiffany Hopkins, a clinical psychologist at UNC–Chapel Hill, is uploading daily videos to her new 5 Minute Coping Skills YouTube channel. Visit when you start to feel stressed and learn coping techniques like Paced Breathing and Sensory Awareness. Visit Dr Hopkins’ channel here and subscribe so that you can add her short, helpful videos to your daily routine.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
DPR’s High Ropes course
High Ropes Discovery Days (age 7+)—Saturday, March 28, 11am–12:30pm [activity code 11948], 12:30–2pm [activity code 11949], and 2–3:30pm [activity code 11950], in Bethesda Park (1814 Stage Rd, 919-560-4355). Have you tried DPR’s High Ropes Discovery Course yet? Safely navigate through a course made up of various obstacles—55 feet up! At the end, you can choose to exit via the giant swing or the zipline. Call to register; go to dprplaymore.org and click on “Register Online.”