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Construction work has been continuing on the Farmer's Market pavilion in Durham Central Park; the open-air structure itself was completed in 2006, and work crews have been busily at work adding a facility to contain bathrooms and a "multipurpose room" on the western corner of the L-shaped market.  The opening date is set to open on April 7.

This will be a great step forward for the already popular Farmer's Market, which has to date used a Morris St. parking lot owned by Measurement, Inc.  According to the project web site, the new pavilion is "a joint project of SEEDS, the Durham Farmer's Market, and Durham Central Park," with fundraising and construction management assistance donated by Self-Help.

Here's a look at some of the ongoing work.  Bikers and walkers will happily note that the fencing that took a chunk out of the Downtown Trail for most of a year is now removed, reconnecting this segment of the North-South Greenway.




I drove by there on Monday and noticed the constructions going on...I was not aware they were rebuilding the place...Can't wait to see how it turns out to be!

Kevin Davis

Yeah, it's exciting to watch. I don't know if I can characterize it as a rebuilding, since there was no facility to begin with (they've been using a borrowed parking lot), but to the broader point -- it's absolutely great to see that this little community farmer's market has grown and expanded to the point where this pavilion gets added. I'm looking forward to it too!

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