Dorothea Dix Park

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A Park for Everyone, Built by Everyone
FallFest Coming Soon!



We are hosting the 1st Annual FallFest at Dix Park event. It will take place on Saturday, October 27th from 11:00am-4:00pm. The event will feature a family-focused atmosphere with food/drinks, kids and adult activities, and live entertainment including:

  • Live music from Milagro Saints and Counterclockwise String Band
  • A fun kids zone with inflatable rides and games, pony rides, lawn games, and face painting
  • A pumpkin patch and pumpkin decorating area
  • Hayrides Craft vendors And many more fall activities!

FallFest is free to the public- thanks to the leadership and generosity of the Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy- the City of Raleigh's partner in the public/private partnership to create a world-class, impact-focused urban park- a park for everyone, built by everyone.


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.
Williams Field at Dix Park
Enjoy the nature and tranquility of Dorothea Dix Park as certified yoga instructor Dana Lindquist leads you through yoga poses to increase strength and flexibility. All fitness levels are welcome!
NC Museum of History

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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.