Your donations to The Friends of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation will ensure the continued excellence of the parks, greensways, and recreation services for the Chapel Hill community. You can contribute to any of the current projects below by going to our Donate to The Friends page. You may suggest new projects by contacting The Friends by phone or email.
In partnership with the Town of Chapel Parks and Recreation Department since 2014, Grow to Life serves the community through a drive-thru distribution site at Homestead Park and additional deliveries to families in need of emergency food and supplies.
The town and the Friends have embarked on a continual project to plant a variety of native trees throughout Chapel Hill. The success of this program will be driven by a partnership between the Town, the Friends, the NC Botanical Gardens, donations, and volunteers.
Totally Inclusive Playground ($TBD)
Town Council and The Friends are very excited about plans taking shape for a playground suitable for any child. The playground will be located in the Cedar Falls Park Work has begun on the design and we should have a cost estimate soon. Stay tuned!
Chapel Hill Adopt-a-Trail ($TBD)
A forest restoration program removing invasive plants along our greenways, and planting native species. A goal of opening the surrounding woods, and inviting people into the areas of wildlife, boulders, creeks, and trees.
Benches for Morgan Creek Trail, Merritts Pasture, Bolin Creek Trail ($12,000 goal)
Chapel Hill Sand Volleyball Courts ($TBD)
Back to School Backpack Program ($2,500 goal)
Each year the staff of the Town’s Hargraves Center works with individuals and businesses to raise funds for lower income families to send their children to school with new book bags and school supplies.
Bolin Creek Greenway Stairs
Responding to numerous requests, The Friends used funds from Joe Herzenberg’s estate donation to design and install a stairway from Bolin Creek Greenway to Franklin Street beside Sunshine Biscuit. It includes a trough for bicycles, making it easy for cyclists, walkers and runners to reach the street or trail near the Estes/Franklin intersection.
Aquatic Timing System
An anonymous donor started this project with a $5,000 donation to The Friends. Then various high school athletic booster clubs donated another $8,400. The result was the purchase and installation of a quality timing system for swim meets at the Homestead Aquatics Center.