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On March 15, 2011 a broad coalition of over 100 people, carrying a petition with over 350 signatures, from different north Durham groups – concerned residents and friends, families, organizations (including, but not limited to El Kilombo Intergaláctico, the Team Soccer youth soccer group, Park Justice and others)– protested a meeting at the public library organized by a private entity called Friends of Old North Durham Park (FONDP) in conjunction with Durham Parks and Recreation. The meeting was held to discuss a plan for developing Old North Durham Park, located between Trinity and GeerRead More

Posted On March 16, 2011By El KilomboIn Analysis, News

Old North Durham Park Visual Documentation

A story about Old North Durham Park in Pictures. Read More
El Kilombo community center urges the city to reject the current proposal for the new master plan for Old North Durham Park and instead to reaffirm its prior commitment to maintain and upgrade the park, including its full-size soccer field, as a public park under direct city management. The effort by the Central Park School for Children (CPSC) and its associates (including its self created private entity Friends of Old North Durham Park) to change Old North Durham Park according to private plans and with private funds is a dangerRead More
El Kilombo Intergalactico is an organization in North Central Durham that brings together communities of color, migrants, students, and workers of various backgrounds to identify and cultivate alternatives to the core sources of marginalization in Durham. Through community programming, we work to meet the immediate needs of our neighborhood, while simultaneously providing tools to strengthen a self-determining, self-sustaining community—developing a living model for resident-controlled non-gentrified urban life.Read More
Private Patio Addition to Trotter Building Owned by Developer Bob Chapman’s TND Capital Management, LLC in Old North Durham Park. Pictured above, the presence of the Trotter Building “patio” on public park property raises several questions. Did the owner of the Trotter Building (CPSC Board member Bob Chapman) receive approval for this patio? How was the approval for building this patio acquired? Why weren’t residents informed that permission for construction would be granted to this private owner? Is it now possible for private entities to build on public park property?Read More

Posted On March 14, 2011By El KilomboIn Analysis, News

What is Old North Durham Park?

What is Old North Durham Park? OND Park is a vibrant and vital space for community gathering and recreation in between Geer St. and Trinity Avenue. OND Park’s full-size soccer field is the only field of its kind in the downtown area, and it is one of few remaining publicly-owned and managed fields available for soccer or other sports. Durham already has an extreme shortage of soccer fields; as written in the 2003-2013 Durham Parks and Recreation Master Plan, based on national “Level of Service” standards, Durham lacks nearly fortyRead More
What city plans for improvement of OND Park existed prior to efforts by CPSC to implement a different plan? City officials and staff have stated repeatedly, in the 2003-2013 Durham Parks and Recreation Master Plan, in City Council meetings, in correspondence, and elsewhere, that the city desperately needs more soccer and athletic fields suitable for league, youth, and adult play.  As stated in the DPR Master Plan, based on national “Level of Service” standards, Durham lacks nearly forty soccer fields given its population.  The Master Plan states, “It is inRead More

Posted On March 14, 2011By El KilomboIn Analysis, News

What is the Controversy Over OND Park?

Durham Parks and Recreation has for over seven years had a plan and budget for the upgrade of Old North Durham Park. These upgrades were sidelined by interest from the board of the Central Park School for Children (CPSC), a charter school next to the Park, in implementing a privately-developed and privately-financed plan for the Park. Most notably, the plan developed by CPSC and its coalition of private partners known as “Friends of Old North Durham Park” (FONDP) would reduce the existing regulation-size soccer field to a small “practice field”Read More

Posted On March 14, 2011By El KilomboIn Analysis, News

Old North Durham Park History Timeline

View the timeline HERE.Read More

Posted On March 14, 2011By El KilomboIn Analysis, News

Old North Durham Park Brief History

Since moving to its current building in 2003, the board of Central Park School for Children, a charter school adjacent to the Old North Durham park, has derailed the park’s improvement, especially the park’s much-needed full-size athletic field. In 2005, the City Council passed a resolution reaffirming its earlier decisions and funding commitments for the upgrade of OND Park’s full-size athletic field among other improvements, emphasizing the dire lack of such fields in the city, especially the downtown area. City council, in November 2007 rejected an attempt by CPSC toRead More