Fundraising Projects

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.

Current Projects

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!

Pickleball ($TBD)

Not many people know that the Town has Pickleball courts! We need additional support for the programming and development for the sport of Pickleball.

Benches for Morgan Creek Trail, Merritts Pasture, Bolin Creek Trail ($12,000 goal)

The Friends has received funds for purchasing and maintaining at least one bench ($4,000) and hopes to be able to complete this project in 2015.

Chapel Hill Sand Volleyball Courts ($TBD)

The Town wants to build new sand volleyball courts at Umstead Park.

Chapel Hill Climbing Wall – New Climbing Holds ($1,500 goal)

The Chapel Hill Climbing Wall was the first municipal climbing wall in the United States.  Some holds have been replaced, but more are needed. This is a heavily-used feature of the Community Center on Estes Drive.

 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.

Recent Projects

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.