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Providing space for community. Durham Central Park is a place filled with natural beauty and man-made wonders. Yet, in a way, it is also a blank canvas--an empty stage ready to be the setting for your story. Our mission is providing space for community, which means a number of things including: Continuing to maintain and improve an already amazing urban park; Working hard to ensure that the park is accessible to everyone; Hosting enjoyable, free events to enliven the park and enrich the community; Offering an affordable and attractive venue in the heart of downtown; and Safeguarding a place for people to gather in celebration or rally around a shared belief, meet up with friends or just be alone for a moment, appreciate public art or simply play in nature--a place for Durham to be Durham.
Durham Central Park is a 5-acre city-owned park that is operated by Durham Central Park, Inc. a 501c3 non-profit organization. DCP Inc. holds a management agreement with the City of Durham to manage, develop and sustain the park. The city provides support services to the park including mowing the lawns, trash pickup and the downtown Ambassadors. All other maintenance, improvements and management of Durham Central Park are paid for by donations, grants, and program and rental income.
As a non-profit, Durham Central Park, Inc. is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and run by a small staff.