Falltime 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.
PICKLEBALL (age 16+); free for ages 16–18, $4 ages 19–54, $3 age 55+
TEEN OPEN GYM BASKETBALL (ages 13–18); free with valid photo ID
YOUTH OPEN GYM BASKETBALL (ages 7–12); free
YSBA: ADVANCED BALL HANDLING
CHINESE SHOTOKAN KARATE: BEGINNERS
PS4 NBA 2K19 TOURNAMENT
TAE KWON DO: BEGINNERS
GLOW IN THE DARK DODGEBALL
TAE KWON DO: INTERMEDIATE
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, October 8, 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, October 15, 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, October 23, 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.
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 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 Day is Saturday, October 26 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.