Local briefs

Mar. 27, 2013 @ 05:51 PM

Renovated Elmira Avenue Park reopens

DURHAM -- Durham Parks and Recreation will host an official ribbon cutting for the newly renovated Elmira Avenue Park, 540 Elmira Ave., Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The park received a $15,000 grant based on the 41,000 votes it earned through the national Sprite Spark Park Project contest last spring. The purpose of the joint project from Sprite and the National Recreation and Park Association was to refresh courts in public parks and recreation centers.

The 12.13-acre park was constructed in the 1970s and has had little renovation since other than the recent addition of tennis court lights. The park received a new basketball goal system and surface repairs, and the courts were re-striped.

City officials, administrators and representatives from Durham Coca-Cola Bottling Company will host the ribbon cutting and participants from the community will play basketball on the refurbished courts. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 919-560-4355.

Great Human Race April 6 at Northgate

DURHAM —Northgate will sponsor and host the Volunteer Center of Durham's Great Human Race April 6. The 5-kilometer run and community walk supports over 100 nonprofits, schools and faith-based groups. Now in its 18th year, the event has raised over $2 million for area groups since its inception in 1996.

More than 1,000 runner and 2,000 walkers are expected. The event will include free parking, food and entertainment and runner awards at the conclusion of the event. The 5K course will wind through the historic Watts Hospital-Hillandale neighborhood adjacent to Northgate.  

Runners’ pre-registration pick-up  is April 5 from 11 a.m. -2 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. -7 p.m . near Northgate’s Hibbett Sports. Day of race runner registration begins at 7 a.m.

The run begins at 8:30 a,m, with walkers immediately following runners.

For more information, go to www.thevolunteercenter.org.