Dorothea Dix Park

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Light the Woods with Sound

neon tubes for dix park experiment

From large-scale performances to intimate workshops, each night of Light the Woods with Sound has been designed to create an experience for everyone. Raleigh-based Neon artist Nate Sheaffer will debut his interactive public art installation at Dorothea Dix Park from May 11th through May 27th.

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Events
Williams Field at Dix Park
Enjoy the nature and tranquility of Dorothea Dix Park as certified yoga instructor Dana Lindquist leads you through yoga poses to increase strength and flexibility. All fitness levels are welcome!
Dorothea Dix Park
The free 2-hour, 3.5 mile tour will cover the history of the land and legacy of Dorothea Dix, the current use of the area as the headquarters of the Department of Health and Human Services and the steps the City will take in planning a future park.
The Athletic Field at Dix Park
Join PRCR and Dix Park staff at the first Pop-PupAlooza, a pop-up dog park at Dix Park! During this pop up event, dogs will be allowed off leash while at our specially crafted dog park. There will be plenty of fun for dogs and their owners! 

Master Planning

This is an unprecedented opportunity to create America’s next great public park! From now until Spring 2019, every community member has an opportunity to submit ideas for their vision of the future Dorothea Dix Park. Join in the online community discussion, attend a community meeting, engage with neighbors and friends to shape this amazing amenity for the region. It is a truly special place that has the potential to capture the imagination of the world with compelling, courageous and innovative ideas. We want to hear from you! 

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Become a Visionary

This is your park, and it needs your support.

Every donor who makes a gift at any level during this important entrepreneurial time will be recognized as a Dorothea Dix Park “Visionary.”

Every dollar you give supports the master planning, community engagement, and early events/programs that will allow us to create something extraordinary – a world-class public space that will have a profound impact on our region and State for generations to come.

Your vision and generosity make all the difference. We can’t do it without you.

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Second Community Meeting a Success

Dr. Tony Mitchell talking with the Dix Park community members

Hundreds of community members listened to a presentation from the design team and then had the opportunity to provide feedback and share ideas. Highlights of the evening included a discussion on the restoration of Rocky Branch Creek, ideas on how to integrate the State Farmers Market and the Park and thoughts on greenway connections and parking.

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Getting to Dix Park

There are multiple entrances to Dorothea Dix Park. The most widely used entrances are Hunt Drive at Western Boulevard, South Boylan Avenue at Western Boulevard, Umstead Drive at Lake Wheeler Road, and Goode Street at Lake Wheeler Road.  Because this is an active staff campus for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for the next few years, parking at Dorothea Dix Park is limited during business hours. On weekends, visitors may park in any of the parking areas striped green.

Hours

Dorothea Dix Park is open daily (including holidays) from dawn to dusk. Hours for events vary. Please note that areas of the park may be closed occasionally for maintenance or events.

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Raleigh-based neon artist Nate Sheaffer will debut his interactive public art installation at Dorothea Dix Park titled Light the Woods with Sound in May. This one-of-a-kind installation will be on display Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from May 11 through May 27.