Master Planning

Dorothea Dix Park: A park for everyone, built by everyone
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Share Your Vision for the Future

The input of the entire community is essential to creating a park for everyone; please join us throughout the Master Plan process by attending community meetings, and submitting your ideas on our community platform.

What is special about this region that you love and want to preserve?
What do you feel this region needs?
What might make Dorothea Dix Park special to you?
What might bring you back again and again?

Submit Your Ideas

The Design Team

After a six-month intensive application and interview process for a lead consultant to help guide the master plan process, a world-class team of consultants led by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) was recommended by the Master Plan Executive Committee and unanimously approved by the Raleigh City Council in early 2017.

Michael Van Valkenburgh and his team of consultants lead the development of a visionary Master Plan that will guide the creation of Dorothea Dix Park as a world-class destination that will welcome, engage, and inspire. The planning process is happening right now and will be completed in spring 2019. The Master Plan work is being paid for by private individuals and organizations, through contributions to Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy.

Michael Van Valkenburgh and MVVA are consistently recognized with the highest professional honors for design excellence and innovation; as just one example, in 2010 Brooklyn Bridge Park became the only landscape ever to win the Brenden Gill Prize, created by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to honor the artistic work that most embodies the spirit of the City of New York.

“The Master Plan Executive Committee was extremely fortunate to have four incredibly talented consultants to choose from,” Mayor McFarlane said when the announcement was made. “However, Michael Van Valkenburgh rose above the rest as the consultant best able to develop a master park plan that reflects the past, captures the present and reveals the future of Dorothea Dix Park. Raleigh is a hub of innovation and I am so excited to see what Michael is able to accomplish in partnership with our wonderful community here in Raleigh!”

Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn Bridge Park

Master Plan Executive Committee


The Master Plan Executive Committee works closely with the design team, steers the planning process at key inflection points, and will ultimately recommend a completed Master Plan to the Raleigh City Council for their review, discussion, and approval.

The Master Plan Executive Committee selected the master plan consultant team, oversees the allocation of funding, will make final plan recommendations to City Council and will work with other leadership groups from across the city for the planning process. This committee meets on an as-needed basis, usually once a month at minimum. The Executive Committee is a public body and is subject to the public records law and open meetings law.

City of Raleigh Members:

  • Nancy McFarlane, Mayor & Committee Chair
  • Kay Crowder, Council Member
  • Ken Bowers, Director of Planning
  • Diane Sauer, Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources

Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy Members:

  • Jim Goodmon, Chairman of the Board
  • Orage Quarles, Board Member
  • Carlton Midyette, Board Member
  • Randy Woodson, Board Member & Chancellor of North Carolina State University

Master Plan Advisory Committee

The Master Plan Advisory Committee works closely with the design team throughout the planning process and makes recommendations to the Executive Committee.

The Mayor and City Council appointed 45 members to the Master Plan Advisory Committee. Criteria for appointment included the following: interest/specialization, diversity (age, gender, race, geography, etc.), and experience leading a group. Members are:

Jacquie Ayala
Roderick Brown
Walter Cole
Son Duong
Brent Francese
Daniel Gottlieb
Mary Ruffin Hanbury
Jenny Harper
Greg Hatem
Ebony Haywood
Thomas Hester
Myrick Howard
John Johnston
Carly Jones
Aly Khalifa
Bill King
Jai Kumar
Charles Leffler
Chris MacPherson
Wayne Maiorano
David Millsaps
Dr. Tony L. Mitchell
Joan Moravick
Annie Lloyd Nesbitt
Shana Overdorf
Bill Padgett
Julie Paul
Charles Phaneuf
Robert Poston
Sara Prado
Brian Pressley
Megg Rader
Sarah Reeves
William Ross
Amy Simes
Ashton Smith
Joey Stansbury
Matthew Tomasulo
Edward Vinson
Joe Whitehouse
Kimberly Wicker
Andrew Williams
Larry Zucchino

Master Plan Workgroups

Workgroups meet regularly through the process to enhance the planning effort and advise both the Executive and Advisory Committees.

Dix Park Master Plan Workgroups will enrich the planning process by providing topic-specific expertise. Members of the workgroups will be involved in public outreach and engagement. The following six groups were created from MVVA’s proposal for their approach to the planning process: The Park and the Region; The Park and Transportation; The Park and the Site; The Park and Its Buildings; The Park and Its Programs; The Park and Its Partners.
Community Meeting
First Community Meeting with Matt Urbanski from MVVA
Planning Meetings

Fourth Public Community Meeting

SAVE THE DATE! Location: TBD Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm Join us for our fourth of five community meetings for the master plan process.