The Latest Updates on Planning the Park

Raleigh-based neon artist Nate Sheaffer will debut his interactive public art installation at Dorothea Dix Park titled Light the Woods with Sound in May. This one-of-a-kind installation will be on display Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from May 11 through May 27.
The City of Raleigh and Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy invites you to attend the second public meeting on the master planning of Dorothea Dix Park on Thursday, March 22. It will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts at 2 East South Street, Raleigh, NC 27601.
Please join us for a lunch-time presentation and discussion of the transformation of the Dorothea Dix Hospital site into a “destination” park, and the role of the UNC Community Histories Workshop in recovering the long history of that site. 
The daredevils crowded at the top of Dix Hill on Wednesday, preparing to slide down the city’s undisputed favorite of sledding hills, perched on air mattresses, surfboards and a cookie sheet coated with Pam. Then the city upped the ante by handing out 500 free plastic saucers, distributing them off the back of a golf cart, and suddenly hundreds more daring residents tore down the slope with a souvenir from Winter Storm Inga.
Thanks for “In transforming Dix Park, it’s mostly been ‘what ifs?’ A vision should take form in 2018.” (Dec. 27) regarding the Dorothea Dix Hospital property. For much of its history, the property included a farm where the patients helped grow their own food.
Everybody in Raleigh has ideas about what Dorothea Dix Park should become. Just ask Kate Pearce, who hears them all. “One suggestion was actually for a ‘Gaelic football field,’ ” said Pearce, a city of Raleigh senior planner who is working on the project. “Or fields for Ultimate Frisbee, a Frisbee golf course, things like that. The role of music, culture, art and recreation are the fun things everyone wants to talk about now. But we’re thinking broader, more long term.”