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)
Bridge II Sports will host Wheelchair Hoops @ The Cage (the YMCA “Cage” Court at American Tobacco Campus, 304 Blackwell St) on Fridays, August 3, 10, and 17, 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.
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:
Rise Up 5K Ride & Run
The Rise Up 5K Ride & Run, a community event, will take place on Saturday, August 11, 7:30am. Everybody will meet in the Old North Durham Park gravel parking lot (near 310 W Geer St), and the course will wind through Old North Durham to Duke Park, along the Ellerbe Creek Trail, souereth down Foster St, to Rigsbee St, finishing at the Central Park School for Children Middle School (121 Hunt St). If you haven’t picked up your registration packet by race day, your fee will be $25. Click here for more details. The proceeds will benefit the Central Park School for Children’s athletic programs, with additional help from its sponsors, Durham Parks and Recreation, Durham Central Park, The Specialized Foundation, the Bicycle Chain, the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, Triangle Ultimate, and Emerge Ortho.
eSports with Bull City Gaming
Bull City Gaming will take on New York players in an Esports Tournament on Sunday, August 12, 8:30am, at The Bullpen (359 Blackwell St, Suite 135). The battle will consist of five best-of-5 series (Street Fighter, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Blazblue, Tech N7, and Guilty Gear) on PlayStation 4. Click here to watch it live on Twitch’s Bull City Gaming channel. By the way, they’re looking for players, especially for the Madden Tournament on September 9, so be sure to visit the Facebook page and get in contact with Bull City Gaming right now.
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, August 14, 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.
The next Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC) meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 21, 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, August 22, 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.
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:
DONS Basketball Athletic Association’s big weekend
The DBAA (DONS Basketball Athletic Association) 4-day weekend will be chockfull of basketball, events, fun … and more basketball. Day 1, Thursday, August 16, will start out with a Tournament from 9am to 4pm at Northern High School (117 Tom Wilkinson Rd). They’ll also host the DBA Alumni Games, 5–8pm, at the YMCA Cage on the American Tobacco Campus (318 Blackwell St); the “Ballin’ 4 Life” reality TV show premiere, 7–7:45pm, at the Full Frame Theater (320 Blackwell St); and the Teens Turn Up Skate Party, 8–11pm, at Wheels Fun Park (715 N Hoover Rd). Click here (and use the pulldown DBAA Events menu) to see the full schedule and to get ticket info.
Friday, August 17 is Day 2 of the DBAA’s 4-day weekend. The Tournament will continue from 9am to 4pm, as well as the DBA Alumni Games from 5 to 8pm. Day 1 of a 2-day Basketball Training Camp for players ages 8 to 12 will be held at the WG Pearson Elementary School (3501 Fayetteville St) from 11am to 2pm; the Bull City Fam Festival will be held from noon to 4 on the American Tobacco Campus; and the Fish Fry Friday Fundraiser will take place on the American Tobacco Campus from noon to 3pm (get a basketball game ticket with each purchase of fish). Click here (and use the pulldown DDBA Events menu) to see the full schedule and to get ticket info.
Saturday, August 18 is Day 3 of the DBAA’s 4-day weekend. The Tournament will continue from 9am to 4pm. as well as the second and final day of the Basketball Training Camp. Click here (and use the pulldown DDBA Events menu) to see the full schedule and to get ticket info.
Sunday, August 19 is the last day of the DBAA’s 4-day weekend. The Tournament will continue from 9am to 4pm . The DBL Family and Friends Reunion will be held in Durham Central Park (501 Foster St) from 3 to 7pm; and the Gospel Explosion, featuring Biddy Newborn & True Deliverance, Tony & the Magnificent Voices, and more, will be held at the American Underground @ Main (201 W Main St). The last event, the Commissioner’s After Party, will be held at West End Billiards (601 W Main St) from 7 to 11pm. Click here (and use the pulldown DDBA Events menu) to see the full schedule and to get ticket 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.
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.