On Tuesday, August 7 at 7:00 p.m. Mrs. Alice Cheek will be honored for her 20 years of dedication, service, inspiration, and community-building in Durham's Edgemont-Elms neighborhood.
The ceremony will be held in Edgemont Park. Mayor Steve Schewel and Chief C. J. Davis will speak at 7:15 p.m. in recognition of Mrs. Cheek. Other local dignitaries will be in attendance.
The celebration is part of the community's annual National Night Out party, which is a collaboration between Durham neighborhoods and the Police Department. Mrs. Cheek is the founding facilitator of PAC 5, Partners Against Crime, a program in which police officers, Durham residents, and government officials work together on local issues including crime, needed public facilities, and other quality of life concerns.
The Edgemont-Elms community is home to Golden Belt and the old Durham Hosiery Mill. Edgemont Park, located at 205 S. Elm Street (at Angier Avenue), was once the site of a community center. Lead by Ms. Cheek, the park received funding of over $100,000 for play equipment, safety surfacing and drainage, adult exercise equipment, and concrete repair. Memorial benches have been installed as part of this improvement, including one which now bears a plaque recognizing Ms. Cheek's work.