Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Parkwood Elementary brings home National Healthy School Award

According to the Herald Sun, "Parkwood Elementary teachers eliminated sugary beverages from their lounge vending machine" to help inspire the students, who won a Bronze National Healthy School award!  Congratulations, Parkwood Elementary! http://www.heraldsun.com/news/showcase/x1412773014/Durham-schools-bring-home-National-Healthy-School-Awards

Monday, September 29, 2014

October Events in Parkwood

Community Activities in Parkwood need the assistance of Parkwood residents to make things happen!

 Community Activity Committee meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 1417 Seaton Road. Meetings start at 7pm.

 The activities calendar for Parkwood continues to fill up with fun things to do over the coming months:

 Community Yard Sale: - Oct. 11th, 8am-12pm - Parkwood community yard sale. ‘you name it, we’ve got it.’ If you are interested in participating please contact Pandora Simpson at 919-605-5272. She is the main coordinator of the event and would love to add your address to the yard sale map. The event will be advertised on Craigslist as well as other community calendars. Ask her about flyers which will be available for you to help advertise to get the word out.

Octoberfest--Oct 25th 4-8pm .... Time for early Halloween fun in Parkwood! Get ready for a fall fest from 4-8pm with great food to eat from the Methodist Men and other vendors; cotton candy, a costume contest with prizes, Moonbounce for the little ones, etc. You can also enjoy a great meal at the Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department Spaghetti Dinner from 5-8pm.

**volunteers are needed to help with the spaghetti dinner** contact Chief Reggie Villines at p113@pvfd.com to say you'll help!

If you're in town for the Parkwood Reunion, this will be a delightful way to spend time with your family while supporting Parkwood and Durham organizations.

The Old Time Music Jam continues - but indoors. Mondays 6:30 -8pm. Bring your instrument, let those silver tonsils ring, or just bring your ears to listen! You’ll find them in the community center, 1417 Seaton Road.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Old Time Music Jam has changed their location

Now that the weather has gotten cooler, the Monday evening  Old Time Music Jam will meet in the community center at 1417 Seaton Road.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Durham Bike and Hike map

While the Parkwood HOA office cannot stock these type guides physically, I thought it might be nice to have it for you online.

Durham Bike & Hike Map

My physical copy is from 2012 and there have been updates to the trais over the past 2 years. Hopefully the electronic version has all available trails noted.


Pati Barrow
Parkwood Association

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mark Your Calendar for October 9th

At the 2014 Annual meeting, an article about a long-standing sidewalk issue was mentioned. Members of the Association followed up and here’s Parkwood’s current options from Dale McKeel,

Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator, Department of Transportation:

Dear Parkwood Association:

Thank you for contacting me about the Parkwood sidewalks and the decision by the Durham City Council that was discussed in a newspaper article earlier this week.

There will be a letter from the City with more information about this decision, and possible next steps, that will be sent soon.

In the meantime, here is some information for you and the neighborhood to consider:

  • The petition sidewalk item will not be on the City Council agenda on Monday night (Sept 15).  There is not an opportunity for public comment at regular (night-time) City Council meetings for items that are not on the agenda.  If you were to show up Monday, you would not have an opportunity to speak.

  • The best time for you to offer comments would be when City staff brings these items back to the City Council. Presumably, the first opportunity would be when City Council considers taking formal action to rescind the previous action ordering the sidewalk assessments.  A date has not yet been set for that agenda item, but the City can notify the neighborhood well in advance once that is scheduled.

  • The second option would be for you to sign up to make general comments during the next available work session (usually held on Thursday afternoon).  Based on the Council’s meeting calendar, if you contacted Terry Capers in the City Manager's office and asked to speak at the next available work session, you would be added to the agenda for October 9th.  Ms. Capers can be reached at 919-560-4222 ext 11233 or terry.capers@durhamnc.gov.

  • Finally, if you desire to share your concerns with Council as quickly as possible, you can send an email to the Council members.  You can email the entire City Council, including the Mayor, at Council@DurhamNC.gov