Dorothea Dix Park

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

Pirate Fest Costume Contest 2018

Barnacle Ball Pirate Pre-Party | Friday, Sept. 13

Gather ye hearties, this is going to be a blast! Come dressed in yer best sea-worthy garb ready to dance, drink and feast the night away complete with pirate bands and real cannon fire! This event is for folks 21 years and older only.



Fall Trees

Pop-up Fitness Classes, Kids' Nature Programs, a Fall Festival, and more! With a calendar full of diverse programs and events, there are lots of ways to explore your park this fall!



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

Flowers Field

Movie by Moonlight outdoor film series 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.


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.