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Stogner History Grove

Stogner collage

December 2020

For the past 4 years Durham Parks Foundation has worked to develop a memorial project in honor of the late Larry Stogner at Sandy Creek Park.  With funding from the Durham Open Space and Trails Commission and support from Larry’s friends and family we have substantially completed a History Grove and several other improvements including:

  • installation of two Beaver Pond Levelers to preserve the trail and accommodate our wildlife.
  • installation of an accessible walkway from the parking lot to the highest point in the park.

We are grateful for the generous support for this multifaceted project.  We look forward to hosting a dedication, when we can do so safely.

December, 2019

Durham Parks Foundation has had some set backs with this project.  We have had to adapt our original plan due to higher than anticipated costs as well as environmental changes within Sandy Creek Park.  HOWEVER - we are moving forward with an exciting plan in 2020:

  • installation of two Beaver Pond Levelers to preserve the trail and accommodate our wildlife.
  • installation of accessible seating along the Sandy Creek Trail.
  • installation of an accessible walkway from the parking lot to the highest point in the park.
  • installation of a History Grove honoring Larry Stogner.

Durham Parks Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

March 23, 2017

Fabulous News!  Durham Parks Foundation has received a Durham Open Space and Trails Matching  Grant to complete Phase I of the  Stogner Trail at Sandy Creek Park.  The donations received  over the past year have made this grant possible!  We will continue to seek funding opportunities and donations to complete the final phase.  Thank you very much for your support of this important memorial to Larry.

October 3, 2016

Durham Parks Foundation is saddened by the news of Larry's passing today and share the sadness of the Stogner family and his large community of friends. We will continue to make the Stogner Trail at Sandy Creek Park a reality.

Click here for the ABC11 story

The Stogner Trail at Sandy Creek Park

Larry Stogner is a well-known, and much beloved, former news anchor for ABC-11 television station.    In 2014 Larry announced his retirement as a journalist with a very honest and frank discussion of his recent diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).  The clip of this announcement became a "viral" sensation on international social media. Larry is a long-time resident of Durham and a daily visitor to Sandy Creek Park.  Six days a week Larry brings his dogs, Beauty and Beast, to the park for their morning exercise. Since retirement Larry continues to be a six-day-a-week visitor to the park as well as a volunteer in park cleanup activities.  The long range plan for the park has included an accessible loop trail and with Larry's diagnosis and his love for the park, this project has risen in priority so that we can ensure that Larry and others with disabilities can enjoy the park.  Durham Parks Foundation is working in partnership with ABC-11 and the NC ALS Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter to promote this fundraising campaign any funds donated in excess of the goal will be shared with NCALS to fund research.

Click here to view the WTVD post

Click here to see the construction drawing for the project.

 An urban environmental treasure. Sandy Creek Park, located at the end of Sandy Creek Drive off of Pickett Road, has been called the “Gem of our City Parks.” Over the last few years, volunteers have repaired the bridge over Sandy Creek;, planted hundreds of trees, shrubs, grasses and native plants; built a wildlife observation deck; fenced in the grassy areas of the park; and added maps and educational signs around the park. All this has been funded by a number of grants to the Durham Parks and Recreation Department and Keep Durham Beautiful. Sandy Creek Park has received the following certifications:

  • Monarch Waystation
  • NC Native Plant Habitat
  • NWF Wildlife Habitat
  • Audubon Bird Friendly Habitat
  • NC Wildlife Federation Butterfly Highway Habitat
  • Home of the Durham Monarch Festival
  • eBird Hotspot

 Durham Parks Foundation (a 501(C)3) was founded in 2015.  Our mission is:  To preserve, strengthen, and enhance parks, trails, open space and recreational opportunities through diverse community involvement, fundraising, partnerships and education. For more information call 919-560-4355.

Please specify "Stogner Trail" with your donation