New Athletic Park at Hoover Road - Public Art

Project Background

The City of Durham's Cultural and Public Art Program and Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) are seeking artists or artist teams with experience in creating public art that fosters a unique sense of place based on community-informed designs for the New Athletic Park on Hoover Road to support a welcoming user-experience.  

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 selected Candidate(s) 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: 

Athletic Complex 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. This park, not yet formally named, is the first park constructed to serve several neighborhoods in northeast Durham, including the historically Black neighborhood Merrick-Moore. The purpose of this project is to create a tournament level athletic park consisting of four natural turf soccer fields, associated vehicular circulation and parking, a maintenance and restroom building, a playground and shelter, sidewalks, walking trails, storm water management measures, lighting, and irrigation. 

This athletic park will provide a location suitable for small tournaments and alleviate the heavy use at Herndon, and Old Chapel Hill Parks, in addition to providing a large recreational opportunity in the Eastern portion of Durham, where there is currently only one soccer field operating out of Twin Lakes Park. 

Proposed Timeline

Friday, November 12, 2021: RFQ Release (open for 9 weeks)
Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST: RFQ Deadline 
Friday, January 14, 2022: Confirmation of RFQ Receipt via email from the City of Durham to Candidates 
Monday, January 17, 2022 by 3:00 PM EST: By this date if a Candidate(s) does not receive confirmation receipt from the City, it is the responsibility of the Candidate(s) to contact the City to confirm submission.  
February 18, 2022: City to notify Candidates of decision  
February – March 2022: City and Candidates to enter into contract  
March – April Spring 2022: Design Development and Stakeholders engagement  
April 2022: Final Designs shared with the Stakeholders  
May 2022: Candidates submit Final Designs to City for final approval  
May – September 2022: 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