Happenings in the Heart of the Bull City
June 2019
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News from Park Durham
Enhanced equipment and technologies are in the works for the City's parking program that will provide customers with multiple payment options, online account management, additional payment locations in the parking garages and more. In order to keep everyone abreast of the changes, Park Durham has provided the following updates.
Parking customers: Please update your contact information
To ensure that you can be reached with important information, please update your information by Friday, June 14, 2019.  You may access the monthly parking form here
New online parking management software system
A new online monthly parking permit billing system is under development and is tentatively scheduled to go live in August. Please continue to pay monthly invoices by mail or at the Customer Service Center in the Morgan/Rigsbee Parking Garage until the system is active.

The new system provides the following benefits:
  • Online account set-up and management
  • Automatic credit card payments for monthly permits
  • Emailed invoices and notifications
  • Online access to parking citation and permit information
  • Upload capability for supporting documents
  • Special event parking pre-payment and printable permit
Off-Street Parking Access and Revenue Control System (PARCS) with License Plate Recognition and Pay-On-Foot stations
  • This new system will allow monthly parking customers the choice of three different access credentials (RFID tag, License Plate Recognition, and PARKBlue Bluetooth mobile app) to enter/exit the parking garages, and will add additional payment locations to reduce traffic congestion when exiting.
  • The system is installed and operational in the new Morgan/Rigsbee Parking Garage and will be installed in the remaining garages, starting with the Corcoran Street Garage, in late summer/early fall.
Upgraded security camera and surveillance systems
  • New cameras are already operational in the Morgan/Rigsbee Parking Garage, and will be installed in the other four City-owned parking garages beginning in late summer/early fall.
Park Durham apologizes in advance for any inconvenience or service disruptions as we work to improve the parking infrastructure. To minimize the inconvenience, the Park Durham team has prepared the following plan:

  • Vendors will restrict loud and potentially disruptive construction to the hours between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Signs will mark the areas of the parking garages that are under construction. For your safety, please follow the directional signage to avoid these areas.
  • Educational materials will be available, and meter greeters will be stationed at selected new installation sites.
  • We will provide monthly updates at parkdurham.org.
Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during this time. The Transportation Department believes that the challenges of this transformation are worth the benefits of offering our parking patrons a more favorable parking experience. If you have any questions, please contact our Customer Service Center at (919) 560-4157 or by email at  parkdurham@durhamnc.gov .

Durham 150 Merchandise Is Available for Customers and Retailers
Discover Durham is happy to announce that Durham 150 hats, t-shirts and other merchandise are now available online in the Durham 150 E-store .

Are you a retailer interested in selling Durham 150 items in your store? The partners and retailers section of the E-store offers flexible products and quantities at discounted/wholesale prices. To access the wholesale portion of the website, email or call Brand Fuel  Customer Service  at 1-800-319-6778 or  customerservice@brandfuel.com  and copy  gineen@durham150.org.

City of Durham Unveils New Property Zoning and Mapping Tool
Durham Maps is a new tool that displays comprehensive property and zoning information along with current development activity. Features include property photos and on-the-fly reports, an array of base map and data layers, and more than 10 years of case history including prior development approvals, and building and trade permits. The tool replaces and brings together data previously contained in the City-County Zoning Atlas and Development Tracker (iMaps), and is the work of the City-County Development Services Center and the City's Technology Solutions Department. 

To check out the great things happening downtown, visit the
The Event Calendar is the place for downtown retailers, restaurants and residents
to promote events. Submit your upcoming events today.
The Festival of Life is a free two-day wellness convention taking place at the Durham Armory on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9. It’s a weekend long extravaganza showcasing vendors selling items and services that enrich your mind, body and soul. This event will focus on shopping local – supporting NC small businesses, especially those in Durham and the surrounding areas.

Mark Morris returns to Durham with  Pepperland , a unique tribute to the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ groundbreaking album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, accompanied live by an unprecedented chamber music ensemble of voice, soprano saxophone, two keyboards, theremin, and percussion.

Join us on the roof for a telescopic stargazing night hosted by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center and the Innovate Your Cool Conference. Views: Mercury (nearly) at greatest eastern elongation. Free and family friendly.

Shop 2nd Saturday
Shop local! Downtown Durham stores offer unique programming and specials on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Visit 2ndSaturdayDurham.com for more info.
Third Friday
Durham's monthly art walk. Explore downtown Durham galleries, artist studios, shops, restaurants and music from 6 - 9 p.m. every Third Friday.
These events may increase foot traffic, close roads or otherwise affect downtown businesses and residents.

Road Closure Highlights:

Juneteenth Processional
Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Pettigrew btwn Fayetteville + Dillard,
Dillard btwn Pettigrew + Main

Juneteenth Celebration
Saturday, June 15, 1 - 10 p.m.
Main btwn Roxboro + Dillard,
Queen btwn Liberty + Ramseur

Location 1 – Duke & Main
Visitors per Day
Visitors per Hour
6 - 7 p.m.
Busiest Hour
Typical Week
Busiest Day
Total Visitors
Location 2 – Five Points
Visitors per Day
Visitors per Hour
7 - 8 p.m.
Busiest Hour
Typical Week
Busiest Day
Total Visitors
Location 3 – Corcoran & Main
Visitors per Day
Visitors per Hour
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Busiest Hour
Typical Week
Busiest Day
Total Visitors
DDI installed pedestrian counters to assist businesses in determining appropriate hours and staffing levels. For additional information, like hourly counts or trends, BID constituents may request a custom report.

Bull City Mini – Mini Golf
359 Blackwell St.
Owners: Julie Bryce & Ben Owens

Peabody Place Pizza – Restaurant
810 W Peabody St.
Owners: Jamie Greaves & Aaron White

Trattoria Salve – Restaurant
905 W Main St.
Owner: Gianni Cinelli
Blue Point Yoga – Yoga
410 W Geer St.
Owner: Sara Doyle

Lilly's Pizza – Restaurant
810 W Peabody St.
Owner: Jon Garrison
By Erik Nystrom, Clean & Safe Operations Manager

And just like that, summer – at least from Mother Nature’s perspective – has made its perennial debut early in our downtown. Knowing all too well that nature has a sense of humor, our Downtown Ambassador Team waited until after May 1 st to plant our summer annuals in the downtown planters for fear of a late frost having the potential to make us look foolish. It seems our concerns were somewhat justified as the temperature dropped into the 30s early on May 16 th . I never would have guessed there would be a 60-degree temperature swing here in ten days. However, having grown up in New England where we can experience all four seasons in June, nothing should surprise me! With the much warmer weather here to stay for a while, your Downtown Ambassador Team is working extra hard to ensure our downtown remains clean and safe for all to enjoy.

With the onset of warmer weather comes rapid broadleaf, noxious and toxic weed growth. Weeds are rather conspicuous in urban environments, and our downtown is no exception. The Ambassador Team maintains an aggressive weed abatement program that is active throughout the BID until the end of the growing season. This entails physically pulling and removing weeds in addition to a conservative spraying effort. 

With the increase in warm weather foot traffic comes considerably more trash and waste. The Ambassador Team changes and maintains more than 250 streetscape trash cans six days per week to keep our sidewalks and public places clean. In addition, the team helps during the summer to keep watch on some of our more vulnerable residents who may be homeless to check for any signs of heat stress and to hand out cold bottled water as needed. 
We hope you enjoy all the great happenings in our downtown this summer. My Ambassador Team is proud to be part of the downtown fabric. We are here for you, and we hope to see you out and about. Please feel free to chat with any of our team when you see us. We’re happy to give directions, answer questions about parking, events and activities downtown, or help to address any concerns you may have.  Happy summer!
Downtown Durham's dedicated team of Ambassadors provides much needed clean and safe services. From sweeping and cleaning the streets, to providing directions for visitors, to jumpstarting car batteries, our Ambassadors are here to help. Have questions? Just stop one and ask. Need to submit a service request? Call 919-682-BULL (2855) or submit a request online.

Clean and Safe Service
Brickwork Laying (Square Feet)
Trash Bags Collected
Graffiti Removed - Paint
Graffiti Removed - Stickers
Customer Service (Directions, Battery Jumps, Etc.)
Panhandlers/Outreach/Social Service Referral
April 2019
June 4
Presented by Durham Tech Small Business Center
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Chesterfield Building • 701 W Main St., Suite 203
June 8
Presented by Durham Area Designers, Inc.
9 a.m. - 12 noon
Farmers Market at Durham Central Park • 501 Foster St.
Downtown Durham, Inc.
115 Market St. • #213
Durham, NC 27701
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