Come on in, the water’s fine
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 Johnson Sprayground (500 W Murray Ave)
Forest Hills Park Sprayground (1639 University Dr)
Hillside Park Sprayground (1221 Sawyer St)
Bull Moon Ride and Run
Habitat for Humanity’s Bull Moon Ride and Run will start off from the DBAP (300 Blackwell St) on Saturday, August 3, 7:30pm (check-in starts at 5pm). You can choose to participate in either the 6.5- or 12-mile bicycle ride or run the 5k race. Return to the DBAP and enjoy the Block Party from 8 to 10pm with music, entertainment, and food trucks; registered runners and cyclists (age 21+) can get two free adult beverages. The minimum donation for each registered cyclist or runner is $30; this event is a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity’s work in helping deserving families acquire their own homes. Click here for more info.
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 13, 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 20, 7pm, in City Hall’s 2nd-floor Committee Room (101 City Hall Plaza). Meetings are open to the public; click here for more info.
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 28, 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.
Summertime 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 register online at DPRPlayMore.org, at any recreation center, or by calling the phone number listed with each activity.
DURHAM GIRLS SOCCER LEAGUE (ages 6–13)—games on Saturdays with practice session on one weekday; sign up through August 9; $39; activity #10717 ages 6–8, activity #10718 ages 9 and 10, #10719 ages 11–13. Call 919-560-4355 for more info.
TENNIS CARNIVAL (age 5+)—Saturday, August 24, 9–11am
BEGINNER TENNIS LESSONS--Tuesdays and Thursdays 6–7pm, August 13–29; $9; activity #9972 ages 5 and 6, #9976 ages 7 and 8, #9974 ages 9 and 10. Don’t forget your tennis racquet.
YOUTH CHEERLEADING (ages 7–12)—Saturdays 9–10am, July 13–August 13
HIP HOP DANCE (ages 13–17)—Mondays 7–8pm, July 15–August 12:
CO-ED ADULT VOLLEYBALL—sign up through August 23; $80/team
ADULT WOMEN’S SOCCER (age 17+)—sign up through September 1; $795/team; games Tuesday through Thursdays at 6:45pm and 8:15pm.
ADULT WOMEN’S 30+ SOCCER—sign up through September 1; $535/team; games mostly on Wednesdays at 6:45pm and 8:15pm (and some Mondays)
GIRLS TEEN OPEN GYM (ages 13–18); free; pickup basketball games
OPEN REC (ages 13–18); free (play billiards, foosball, darts, and board games):
ADULT OPEN GYM BASKETBALL (ages 18+); $4:
PICKLEBALL (age 16+); free for ages 16–18, $4 ages 19–54, $3 age 55+
TEEN NIGHT (ages 13–18); free (play basketball and videogames, surf the ’net, and enjoy music and dancing)—Fridays 6–10pm
TEEN OPEN GYM BASKETBALL (ages 13–18); free with valid photo ID
YOUTH OPEN GYM 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.