Gipson Play Plaza

Lake Wheeler Road landscaping rendering for Plaza & Play

This summer the City will break ground on the Gipson Play Plaza – an inviting and inspiring public space for all ages with one of a kind play spaces, works of art, a civic plaza, fountains, and gardens. Play features include a sensory maze, swing terrace, water play mountain and adventure playground. A picnic grove will offer areas to cook out, rest, and recharge with family and friends. The repurposed historic House of Many Porches will be transformed into a café with healthy foods and sweet treats.

The Gipson Play Plaza is scheduled to start construction in summer 2022 and open two years later.

Gipson Play Plaza site plan - February 2022

Waterfall Wall rendering - Gipson Play Plaza at Dix Park


Coming Soon...

Picnic Grove rendering for Plaza & Play

Project Phases

  1. Pre-Design Services 
  2. Schematic Design 
  3. Design Development 
  4. Construction Documentation   <--- WE ARE HERE
  5. Construction

NC Destination Play rendering for Plaza & Play

Project Contact

Kate Pearce – Planning Supervisor 


Plaza & Play sand bowl play area rendering


Project Documents

View Gipson Play Plaza presentations and documents from public meetings and the design process.

Project Overview

September 2020 - Plaza & Play Executive Summary

Public Meeting #1

October 7, 2020 - Presentation

Virtual Meeting Recording

Project Reports

December 2020 - Plaza & Play Engagement Report 1

Public Meeting #2

January 19, 2021 - Presentation

Virtual Meeting Recording

Public Meeting #3

July 13, 2021 - Opening Presentation + Renderings

In-Person Meeting Recording

Other Presentations 

Project update presentations are given at City Council, Dix Park Leadership Committee and Dix Park Community Committee meetings. City of Raleigh Public Meeting Agendas, Presentations and Minutes are available using the city's paperless system. In BoardDocs, click the icon in the top right corner to select the committee you are looking for to view meeting materials.


Lake Wheeler Road landscape rendering - Gipson Play Plaza

Dix Area Edge Study

The Dix Edge Area Study is exploring affordable housing, public transportation, and other growth factors near the park. Planning and Development Services Department at the City of Raleigh is leading the Dix Edge Area Study.  Final policy recommendations will be delivered City Council in spring 2022. 


Matthew Klem - Senior Planner

Fabian Rodriguez - Hablo Español!
Community Relations Analyst