Dorothea Dix Park

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A Park for Everyone, Built by Everyone
Double the Fun on Saturday, Nov. 17


People and their dogs enjoy an outdoor event

Pop-PupAlooza Pop Up Dog Park

First up is our fur-tastic Dix Park pop up dog park event from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. During this local favorite event, dogs are allowed off leash in our specially crafted dog park with plenty of fun for dogs and their owners!

The dog park features four acres for dogs to roam, and a small dog area, too. For the humans, food and beer vendors will be at the park making sure you stay fed and hydrated while you play with your best friend.

Although this is a free event, we ask that you please register if you plan to attend. It helps us plan for how many people to expect.



Woman pointing at the sky while standing with a telescope

Skywatching: The Leonids Meteor Shower

Later in the evening, join staff and volunteers from the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Society (CHAOS), and the Raleigh Astronomy Club (RAC) for another spectacular program of skywatching at Dorothea Dix Park!

This free event takes place on the Big Field from 6:00 - 10:00 pm. Please register so that we can send you any additional information you may need as we get closer to the date. All ages are welcome.



Silos at Dorothea Dix Park


As of 2:00 pm Friday, November 9, the decision was made to cancel OMAi Mapping Stories: Dorothea Dix Session due to rain. 


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.
Transfer Co. Food Hall
Calling all area university and college students. Join us at the new Transfer Co. Food Hall to craft the vision of Dorothea Dix Park, win Dreamville tickets, eat local food, and see performances from local universities. All for free!

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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.



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! 


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

What activities should be in the future of Dix Park? The topic of what community members want to be able to do in the park, The Park and Its Program, has been one of the most talked about topics.  Will there be fun and creative activities? Restorative or educational?  Activities for all ages and abilities? Our upcoming community meeting will not only build upon the programming feedback received at each of the previous meetings, but it will also unveil a draft site plan.