Dorothea Dix Park

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A Park for Everyone, Built by Everyone
Empowering Wake Day


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We are celebrating youth volunteers in Wake County with a festival just for teens! The event will feature a fun atmosphere that include inflatables, silent disco, arts and crafts, and more!


Raleigh Union Station
What will Dix Park become in the future? Our fourth meeting will bring together all the ideas and suggestions from earlier meetings and showcase program options for the park. Join us on Thursday, October 4th at the new Union Station to learn more, engage with the design team, and provide feedback.
Flowers Field at Dix Park
Empowering Wake Day is a festival to celebrate young people between the ages of 12 and 17 that have volunteered their time and talents in their community. The event will feature a fun atmosphere that include inflatables, silent disco, arts and crafts, and more!
Walnut Creek Wetland Center

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

6:00pm - 8:00pm


Location: Walnut Creek Wetland Center, 950 Peterson Street, Raleigh, NC 27610

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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.