About Durham Parks and Recreation Department in Durham, NC

Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) provides opportunities for the Durham community to get active and connect with each other. DPR’s mission is to support the City’s Strategic Plan by helping residents get outside and explore the outdoors, stay healthy, and learn new skills for a lifetime. With creative and challenging recreational activities, DPR is dedicated to helping residents stay physically, mentally, and socially healthy. From outdoor activities to sports to fitness classes, Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) has something for everyone. DPR works to promote wellness, the outdoors, and lifelong learning for the Durham community. With a variety of recreational activities to choose from, DPR strives to give residents the opportunity to stay physically fit, mentally alert, and socially engaged. By connecting our whole community to wellness, the outdoors, and learning, DPR strives to make a positive impact on our city.

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What kind of kids we support

  • Coed
  • Preschool
  • Tweens


  • Pool
  • Lake
  • Playground
  • Indoor/Outdoor Playground
  • Sports Court/Field
  • Gym

Programs at Durham Parks and Recreation Department in Durham, NC

children playing in a water park

Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) operates 2 indoor pools, 3 outdoor pools, and 4 playgrounds, in addition to offering a number of water programs.

a group of people playing basketball

Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) coordinates a wide variety of sports for all ages. From volleyball to soccer, kickball to basketball, there are lots of opportunities to Play More with DPR.

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Special Programs

Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) seeks to offer diverse recreational programs for persons with disabilities by providing programs such as Special Olympics and by making accommodations within all other DPR programs and services. DPR strives to make our programs, services, and facilities accessible for all individuals and families, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, or ability level.

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Location and contact information

400 Cleveland Street, Durham, NC, 27701