Dorothea Dix Park

Daffodils at Dix Park with Backdrop of the Raleigh Skyline
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A Park for Everyone, Built by Everyone
Upcoming Dix Park Events


Runners at a park

Dorothea Dix Park 5K

Lace up those running shoes and gather your racing buddies to start training. Registration is now open for the 1st Annual Dorothea Dix Park 5K on Saturday, March 9!

The City of Raleigh and Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy invite you to participate in our official Dorothea Dix Park 5K race to benefit the future of Dorothea Dix Park. This race offers timed or un-timed options, kids fun runs, and a scenic course through the Dorothea Dix Park campus. Race proceeds will support design and construction efforts moving forward as we create a park for everyone.

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Flower Cottage at Dix Park

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.

Dorothea Dix Park

Lace up those running shoes, gather your racing buddies and join us for the 1st Annual Dorothea Dix Park 5K race to benefit the future of Dorothea Dix Park.

Dorothea Dix Park Big Field

Spring is in the air which means so are our kites!

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Support Your Park

This is your park, and it needs your support. When you give to the Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy, you are supporting community engagement, park planning, and free events + programs - helping us create an amazing park for everyone.



Master Planning

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the Master Planning process over the past 18 months. We've had over 65,000 residents share feedback online and in person through hundreds of engagement opportunities! The official public comment period is now over and a final draft of the Master Plan and Executive Summary are available for review. 


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.


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.

Latest News

The Raleigh City Council today unanimously adopted the Dorothea Dix Park Master Plan, directing City staff to develop an implementation plan for Phase 1. The Master Plan serves as the overall vision and guide that the City will use as a framework to create Dorothea Dix Park.