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All Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation indoor facilities and recreation programs and events are closed until further notice.  

  • All Parks and Recreation programs and events have been suspended until further notice.  If you have questions about your credit or refund, you may contact (919) 968-2784 between 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, or email us at Note our administrative offices are closed to the public. 

  • Our staff are offering virtual recreation programs on Facebook @CHParksRecreation and @ChapelHillCommunityCenterClimbingWall.

How to Use Parks beginning Thursday, May 28

We believe everyone needs the opportunity for self-enrichment, adventure, and quiet reflection.  We understand these needs and are dedicated to providing opportunities in a safe and inviting environment.

The safety of park users and our staff is our top priority. While you seek to enjoy the outdoors, it is important that you are conscious of your personal space and respect the space of others. Park monitors are also available at our busier parks in order to share information and remind users of the need for physical distancing.  

We’re asking people to monitor themselves and their children, be responsible and use common sense in the following ways.  

Parks and Recreation changes effective Thursday, May 28, 2020 

  • Parks and some park amenities are open for drop-in** play with limited hours 
  • We have posted recommended safe play guidelines* for these sites
  • We urge users to bring hand sanitizer and other supplies to disinfect surfaces before use
  • Park monitors will be on site to share information

OPEN Outdoor Parks Facilities (open dawn to dusk)

  • Parks, trails, greenways and dog parks with posted safe play guidelines
  • Restrooms at parks
    • Hours limited to 12 noon - 8 p.m.
    • Sanitized and restocked daily 
  • Individual picnic table and bench use with appropriate physical distancing

OPEN Park Amenities (drop-in play only, open at dawn, closed at 8 p.m)

 CLOSED Outdoor Park Amenities

  • Playgrounds
  • Athletic fields  
  • Basketball courts  
  • Outdoor volleyball courts  
  • Batting cages 
  • Bocce ball courts 
  • A.D. Clark Outdoor Pool 

(*USTA and USAPA Safe Play, Avoid Sharing Equipment, Disinfect Surfaces Guidelines)
(** Drop-In = open for random play, facility rentals or registered programs have been suspended)

More Information on a number of other town and community services is available at

As well as access to these Frequently Asked Questions

The Town of Chapel Hill is nationally regarded for its quality of life. Public parks and recreation are the gateways to a healthier, more livable community. In addition to our parks, trails, indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation offers a myriad of recreation programs and cultural activities for all ages and social backgrounds.
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Community Parks Greenways
Recreation Centers Pool Schedules
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 Winter Spring Recreation Program

Summer Camp Guide


Parks, Greenways and Recreation Commission meetings are open to the public and typically held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month  at 7 p.m. at the Chapel Hill Public Library. 

The Commission advises the Town Council and staff on a variety of interests including recreation programs, open space preservation, greenway and trail expansion, and park and cemetery maintenance.

The Friends of Parks and Recreation was created to enhance our parks, our greenways, and our recreational programs and facilities.

Individuals, groups and businesses can donate to The Friends in a variety of ways to support ongoing projects. To see a description of current projects, go to Fundraising Projects.


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