Places in Peril 2014: Central Park District

Durham Central Park

Central Park District
Why it’s important:

The Central Park District just north of downtown has recently emerged as a hub for recreation in Durham, thanks entirely to home-grown businesses, bars, restaurants, and non-profits. The creation of Durham Central Park, a significant public/private partnership, spurred by citizens and made possible by the city, created an important anchor at one end of the district and the 2006 erection of a pavilion for the Durham Farmer’s Market brought people back to this area in droves.

At the north end of the district, businesses and non-profit arts organizations have located in the rehabilitated historic buildings, and a roughly seven-block area was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Foster