Merrick-Moore Park Public Art

Project Background

The City of Durham's Cultural and Public Art Program and Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) have commissioned artists to create public art that fosters a unique sense of place based on community-informed designs for Merrick-Moore Park on Hoover Road. 

The public art project’s goal is to center the community throughout the design and fabrication process. Initial community engagement indicates preference for artwork that: is interactive, uses natural elements, is functional and reflects local history.    

The artists will work to:  

  • Design, fabricate and install sculptural, functional artwork and/or incorporate public art that is integrated into the site based on community-informed designs. 
  • Lead, plan, and facilitate an engagement process to solicit community input on public art with at least two (or more) community sessions, prior to submission of design concept(s).   
    • Sessions should include in-person or virtual community conversations, an online element (i.e. survey, community board, etc.) and at least one on-site event.  
    • Additionally, artist should participate in at least two community engagement sessions hosted by Durham Parks and Recreation.    
    • Based on initial engagement, the public art piece(s) may  
      • Connect visually to local history;  
      • Beautify the site through site-specific, functional public art amenities; and/or  
      • Contain interactive elements for adults and children.  

As the City of Durham improves public amenities through the Capital Improvement Plan projects (CIP), the Cultural & Public Art Program can provide public art for New Athletic Park at Hoover Road Background. For the FY 2020-25 CIP, capital projects are funded through impact fees, enterprise funds, grants, the capital project fund, pay-go funding, and debt financings. More information about the CIP process and funding can be found here: 

Merrick-Moore Park Background

On Thursday, October 2020, Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) broke ground on a new athletic park, located at 632 North Hoover Road. The 50-acre site is in east Durham across from the Wheels Fun Park. The Merrick-Moore Park features four lighted natural turf multipurpose fields, parking with charging capability for E-Cars, a 3,000 square foot picnic shelter with ceiling fan and restroom building. Additional park amenities, including a playground, art sculptures, and walking trails, will be installed by early 2023.

Proposed Timeline

Friday, November 12, 2021: RFQ Release (open for 9 weeks)
Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST: RFQ Deadline 
Summer/Fall 2022: Design Development and Stakeholders engagement  
Fall 2022: Final Designs shared with the Stakeholders  
Late Fall 2022: Candidates submit Final Designs to City for final approval  
Spring 2023: Fabrications & Installation 

Hoover Road Site Plan_for release_reduced

Artist Selection Process

The public art project will use a Request for Qualification (RFQ) application process. From the pool of applicants, a panel of community members, artists, and City staff will reviewed the artists' applications and selected the artists/artist team. 

RFQ Deadline: Thursday, January 13, 2022 by 11:59 PM EST

For information on how to submit the artist or artist team's qualifications, please review the RFQ Document here

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For information about the public art project, please contact the Cultural & Public Art Program staff here: 

Rebecca Brown
Cultural & Public Arts Program Manager
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 919-560-4197, ext. 21245