Programs

The Community Family Life & Recreation Center at Lyon Park is home to many programs for children and adults — health care, recreation, tutoring and more. Here are some of the resources it offers; visit our Tenants page for additional information about center activities:

Lyon Park Clinic (Health)

The Lyon Park Clinic was designed with the help of multiple community members to meet the health needs of residents in the South Central Durham community. It is a joint program of Lincoln Community Health Center and Duke Medicine’s Division of Community Health.

The clinic’s services include:

  • General medical care
  • Appointments for acute illnesses
  • Well-baby checkups
  • Referrals to specialists
  • Lab testing
  • Management of chronic health conditions
  • Mental health assessment
  • Preventive testing and counseling
  • Hearing, vision, dental and nutrition screenings
  • Routine immunizations
  • Employment exams and sports physicals
  • General health education

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call (919) 536-4205

The clinic is open during the COVID-19 pandemic only to clients who have an appointment.

Academic Tutoring

The center offers two free tutoring programs for local students:

After-school tutoring for K-6 students is available from the CommUNITY Scholars After-school Program. The students form partnerships with Duke University students and staff who provide tutoring in reading and math and assistance with homework. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the program is offering tutoring online. Fill out an online application or contact Ms. Wilhelmenia Thornton at (919) 475-1557, communityscholars@yahoo.com.

Saturday tutoring is available from Project FINE during the school year, from September through May. Students of all levels, from kindergarten through college, can participate. For information, call (919) 536-4200 or send a message to elnorashields@aol.com. This programs is closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Summer Camp

Two summer camp programs are offered through our center: Camp Calvary and with Durham Parks & Recreation.

Camp Calvary provides summer campers with academic enrichment and recreational activities. It has two 4-5 week sessions from June to August. Campers are guided through weekly lessons that emphasize self-development — hygiene, etiquette, etc. — and leadership development such as public speaking, community service and social skills. The campers also participate every day in recreational activities such as bowling, swimming and rock climbing.

The camp has been held virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic. For information, call the center at (919) 536-4200 or email info@thewecf.org.

Durham Parks & Recreation provides a summer camp for neighborhood youth ages 5-12. The 9-week program at Lyon Park seeks to “enhance the mind, relax the body and guarantee fun.” Campers participate in weekly field trips, visit local swimming pools and enjoy other activities. For information, call (919) 560-4355 or visit DPR’s Play More site.

Recreation & Walking Track

Durham County Recreation League

WECF is a proud sponsor of The Durham Community Recreation League, which offers a wide variety of sports programs and activities for all ages — soccer, basketball and more. It works cooperatively with Durham Parks & Recreation, which has an office in the center’s building. For information and registration, call (919) 536-4200 or email info@thewecf.org.

Durham Parks & Recreation

DPR offers many recreational opportunities across Durham. Visit it online or come speak with its staff in our center to learn about local swimming pools, fitness facilities, environmental education, teen programs and offerings for people with disabilities. Contact Deirtra Spellman at (919) 560-4288, ext. 27236. E-mail: deirtra.spellman@DurhamNC.gov.

Walking Track

Our indoor walking track is available to the public for free during the center’s normal hours. Ask the Front desk attendant for information or call (919) 536-4200.

Young children are welcome to enjoy the colorful playground equipment outside our building.

Older Adults

Are you or someone you know age 55 or older? Check out these great free programs at the center. Contact the DPR site director, Deirtra Spellman, (919) 560-4288, ext. 27236; deirtra.spellman@DurhamNC.gov.

Arts and Crafts: Tap into your creative side. This arts and crafts program offers guided instruction. No experience necessary. Your only expense is for your supplies.

Chair Exercise: Improve your overall health and fitness with this group exercise program. All classes are taught to music. Participants are encouraged to wear loose-fitting, athletic-type apparel.

Gospel Movement: Have fun as we create physical movement inspired by gospel music. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and to bring a bottle of water.

Cooking Demos: Learn how to cook healthy and delicious meals, then sample the meals made during the demonstrations.

Special Needs

Our center is the only location for two Durham Parks & Rec (DPR) programs that provide after-school activities for young people with special needs:

Discover After-school serves youth with special needs ages 13-17. It provides a special environment for learning and growing, with opportunities to use existing skills and develop new ones. Activities include arts, games, sports, and education. DPR provides a 1:3 staff-to-participant ratio. Children needing 1:1 support require a family-provided care provider.

Explore After-school serves youth with special needs, ages 17-21. It provides an alternative to inclusion, promoting the development of life skills through group activities and exposure to diverse athletic, creative and educational experiences. If you believe inclusion is not the best option for your child, or he or she is older than 17, Explore is a great option.

For more information or to sign up, visit DPR’s Deirtra Spellman at our center, (919) 560-4288, ext. 27236; deirtra.spellman@DurhamNC.gov.

The Discover and Explore programs are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Computer Lab

Free and open to the public, the center’s computer lab has 15 Windows computers. All are connected to the Internet and have other applications. Printing is free for users who bring their own paper. See the Front desk attendant for entry.

The computer lab is closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.