Hillside Park, 1301 S. Roxboro St., was selected as a winning project of the national Parks Build Community campaign and will receive a $20,000 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association and The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney|ABC Television Group, ABC 11 News and ESPN.
Community members voted for the winning project throughout Earth Month in April.
Parks Build Community helps to revitalize and restore local parks and park programs across the country. The campaign was promoted on social media, through Disney|ABC Television affiliates including ABC 11 News and via other Disney, ABC and ESPN properties. Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) also used social media platforms to solicit votes from residents.
Durham was one of 15 communities selected to receive grant funding. The funds will be used to renovate the surface of the existing outdoor roller rink to a futsal court as well as make landscape improvements. Site beautification and seating improvements will also be made.
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The project will be completed by a combined effort of DPR staff, athletic groups and the neighborhood. Staff will tackle the improvements to seating and court installation and the community will help plant a raised bed garden and stain and add ball proof mesh to an existing pavilion.
DPR is thrilled that residents took the time to vote. “We are so excited that residents participated in helping us to create more areas of play,” said Rhonda B. Parker, director of Durham Parks and Recreation.