Bull City Gaming tournament
Gamers and videogame enthusiasts are invited to the Triangle eSports Championship, which will be held at the Durham Armory (220 Foster St) on Saturday, February 10, 11am–11pm. Spectators are welcome to compete in Fortnite and Rocket League tournaments, plus the PlayStation Showcase. Tickets will range from $25 to $60; click here for more info. Follow our local team, Bull City Gaming, on Facebook and Twitch.
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, February 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.
Softball: NCCU x Duke
Spring hasn’t sprung yet—but no matter. The college softball season has started. Duke University will play North Carolina Central University on Tuesday, February 19, 4:30pm, at Duke Softball Stadium (4 Brodie Gym Dr). Click here to follow Duke, and click here to follow NCCU.
The next Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC) meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 7pm, in City Hall’s 2nd-floor Committee Room (101 City Hall Plaza).
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, February 27, 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.
Winter fitness and fun
This is just a tiny sample of the sports and fitness activities offered by Durham Parks and Recreation. See the online version of the Play More catalog elsewhere on this page. You can sign up for activities online or by stopping by the DPR office (400 Cleveland St); call 919-560-4355 for more info.
ADULT OPEN GYM BASKETBALL (age 18–54); free for age 18, $4 ages 19–54)
GIRLS TEEN OPEN GYM (ages 13–18); free (pickup basketball games)
HIP HOP LINE DANCE (ages 18–53); free age 18, $4 ages 19–53
OPEN REC (ages 13–18); free (play billiards, foosball, darts, and board games)
PICKLEBALL (age 16+); free for ages 16–18, $4 ages 19–54, $3 age 55+
SUNDAY FLAG FOOTBALL (ages 13–18); free
TEEN NIGHT (ages 13–18); free (play basketball and videogames, surf the ’net, and enjoy music and dancing)
TEEN OPEN GYM BASKETBALL (ages 13–18); free
YOUNG ADULT OPEN GYM BASKETBALL (ages 18–33) 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:
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.
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.
High Ropes Discovery Day is Saturday, February 16 at Bethesda Park (1814 Stage Rd). Learn how to navigate the high ropes course, with some obstacles reaching 55 feet in the air. This activity is a real team- and confidence-builder. The fee is $8 and participants must be at least 7 years old; call Durham Parks and Recreation at 919-560-4355 for more info.