Funding Phase Now

November 26, 2019

Phase Now Projects Graphic Map

The Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy is donating $7 million to fully fund Phase Now for early park improvements and to kick-start projects in Phase One.

Starting early 2020, the Conservancy will begin renovating the All Faiths Chapel to create a public gathering space for the community and the Superintendents Stone House as office and meeting space to support the park. Also, the City is leading a process to select a designer for The Gateway – the iconic welcome plaza and one-of-a-kind play space along Lake Wheeler Rd. All of this work will be funded by the Dix Park Conservancy as part of their Phase Now donation.

"The entire community is eager to see work begin on Dorothea Dix Park," said Sean Malone, President & CEO of the Conservancy. "It’s so exciting and wonderful that donors have already stepped up to make these first projects possible right now - even as we, as a community, work toward a larger mix of public funding and donations for Phase One."

Additionally, Phase Now includes funding for some Early Park Improvements like directional signage, benches and temporary dog park amenities, along with general planning support for Phase One project work.




Dorothea Dix Park is the site of one of the most exciting new park projects in America. The 308-acre site blends historic architecture and rich landscapes into a unique destination in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. The effort to create Dorothea Dix Park is a public-private partnership between the City of Raleigh and Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy. The City owns and operates Dorothea Dix Park. The Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that exists to support the City in its efforts, serve as its philanthropic partner, and help ensure the creation and long-term success of Dorothea Dix Park.