Dorothea Dix Park

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A Park for Everyone, Built by Everyone
Draft Master Plan Is Here!

The City of Raleigh is excited to announce the release of the draft Master Plan for Dorothea Dix Park. The creation of Dix Park is a once-in-a-generation opportunity – to build an urban park of this size in the heart of a city that is to become a transformative public space for our community.

The Master Plan proposes transforming the Dix hospital site into Dorothea Dix Park through:

  1.  A statement of core principles
  2. An analysis of the history and existing conditions
  3. A proposal for six landscapes with a unifying framework of entrances, roads, and paths
  4.  Suggestions on programming (playgrounds, building use, gardens, plazas, sport fields, etc.)
  5. Recommendations on implementation (next phases of work, funding tools and partnerships)

Want to know more? Check out our FAQs below for a breakdown of information included in the 240+ page draft Master Plan.

Master Plan FAQ

The diverse input from our community over this 18-month process has directly informed the vision outlined in the Dorothea Dix Park Master Plan. We are grateful for each contribution made to help Dix Park become a park for everyone, built by everyone.

The public comment period for the draft Master Plan is January 4 – 18, 2019.

Follow the link below to view the draft Master Plan and share your feedback on our community platform.  

Draft master Plan

Navigate to the Master Planning page to view the full Master Plan Appendix. 

Printed copies are also available to review at community centers throughout the city beginning January 4, 2019. There is one printed copy per location for public review. 

Abbotts Creek Community Center
Barwell Road Community Center
Biltmore Hills Community Center
Brier Creek Community Center
Carolina Pines Community Center
Chavis Community Center
Fiv Points Center for Active Adults
Green Road Community Center
Greystone Recreation Center
Halifax Community Center
Hill Street Community Center
Jaycee Community Center
Lake Lynn Community Center
Laurel Hills Community Center
Lions Park Community Center
Marsh Creek Community Center
Method Community Center
Millbrook Exchange Community Center
Optimist Community Center
Peach Road Community Center
Pullen Community Center
Ralph Campbell Community Center
Roberts Community Center
Sanderford Road Community Center
Sgt. Courtney T. Johnson Community Center
Tarboro Road Community Center - St. Monica Teen Center
Worthdale Community Center

Final Community Meeting | February 6, 2019

Mark your calendars for the Final Community Meeting on Wednesday, February 6 at the Raleigh Convention Center to learn about the Master Plan, celebrate the dedication and support from the community and hear about the next steps in bringing the vision of Dorothea Dix Park to life - including ways to stay or get involved. Please RSVP to help us prepare and to receive updates on any possible changes to the meeting. 



Raleigh Municipal Building

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

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Dorothea Dix Park

City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources invites you to join the Dix Park planning team on a walking tour to envision the future of Dorothea Dix Park. The draft Master Plan will be our guide.

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.

Time: 8:30am - 11:30am

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Support Your Park

This is your park, and it needs your support. Every dollar you give supports community engagement and planning along with free events and programs that allow us to create an amazing public space for everyone.



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

The Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy Legacy Committee crafted a detailed report explaining the deep and complex history of the Dorothea Dix Park site.