Dorothea Dix Park

Cherry Blossoms blooming at Dix Park
Dix Park Logo
A Park for Everyone, Built by Everyone
What's Happening at the Park?

Dix Park working group design meeting

Dix Park Community Committee 

Want to get involved in the planning and design of Dix Park? Join the Community Committee and help create a park for everyone! Applications are open through June 17, 2020.



Tai Chi at Dix Park

Virtual Wellness with Dix Park

Free online classes for you to practice at home to benefit physical, mental and emotional well-being. Yoga, Tai Chi, Guided Mediation and more!


Sunflower field on a cloudy day

No Sunflowers at Dix Park This Summer

With the health and safety of the community as top priority, the City of Raleigh has decided not to plant the Dix Park Sunflower Field this year.


Dix Dog Park Closed through May 31

Raleigh Parks extends all program and event cancellations, and facility closures including dog parks, through May 31.  Dorothea Dix Park open space and greenways remain open.




Williams Field

Yoga class outdoors at Dix park

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The Big Field

Silhouettes of people looking through a telescope

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The Big Field

Families hula hooping at a Dix Park event

Donate Now

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.


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.