The clouds came, but it didn’t rain. The drums sounded, but no police responded. Batalá Durham’s drum rehearsal Monday evening at Durham Central Park went off without a hitch, unlike previous practices when police responded to noise complaints. A supportive crowd spread out on the field as practice began at 6:30 p.m. The park has a farmers’ market pavilion, a skateboard park, an art installation called “The Leaf,” a playground, cardinal and turtle statues kids climb on, and two open spaces.
Batalá Durham’s drumming practice at Durham Central Park shouldn’t be interrupted on Monday night, even if someone calls the police to complain again. A member of Batalá has submitted a special event permit application, but the city manager has already asked the Durham Police Department not to disrupt rehearsal even if there is a complaint.
Drum practice at Durham Central Park has drawn support — and complaints — from its newest residential neighbors. Liberty Warehouse Apartments opened downtown earlier this year adjacent to the park where the Batala Durham samba-reggae drumming group has been practicing the past two summers. Practice runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays.
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