Dorothea Dix Park

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A Park for Everyone, Built by Everyone
What's Happening at the Park?

Sunflowers up close at Dix Park

Your Guide to Summer Programs and Events
Join us at Dorothea Dix Park over the coming months for Get Fit at Dix, Movies by Moonlight, Walking Tours, Destination SunFest, Little Explorers and so much more! Events and programs at the park are free to the public thanks to Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy donors 


Early growth in the Dix Park Sunflower Field with the City skyline in the background above the trees.

Dix Park Sunflower Field

***Update*** Weather conditions have caused the sunflowers to grow slower than we expected. Fingers crossed they are blooming in time for Destination SunFest on July 13. We will continue to update the community on their progress. For the complete guide to visiting the Dix Park Sunflower Field including directions and parking follow the link below. 



Williams Field

Fuse your foundation moves with more advanced training techniques. This week, we’ll integrate more fab ab core training moves with foundation moves like squats, lunges, pushes, pulls and planks . Peppering in our quick paced cardio drills will be sure to make for one salty, sweaty workout! 

Flower Cottage

The Master Plan Executive Committee works closely with the City and Conservancy as the planning process moves forward on Phase 1. The Executive Committee will make recommendations to Raleigh City Council for their review, discussion and approval.

Williams Field

Yoga class outside at Dix Park

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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.



Park Planning

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the Master Planning process - over 65,000 residents share feedback online and in person through hundreds of engagement opportunities! On February 19th, 2019, the Dorothea Dix Park Master Plan was adopted unanimously by Raleigh City Council. This was an important and exciting milestone.

Latest News

CreativeMornings Raleigh hosts monthly breakfast lecture series for the local creative community. On Friday, May 31 at CAM Raleigh, Dorothea Dix Park Planning Supervisor, Kate Pearce, was invited to speak on the theme: Preserve.


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.