Dorothea Dix Park

sunflower field at Dix Park full of people with downtown Raleigh skyline
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A Park for Everyone, Built by Everyone

Third Community Meeting

mvva talks with designers about dix park


The latest community meeting focused on the buildings, their future uses, and how partners can contribute to the life of the park. Click the button below to see what the design team suggested for the future of the buildings and new design concepts. 


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Flowers Field at Dix Park
The City of Raleigh is pleased to continue the successful Movies by Moonlight series at Dorothea Dix Park. Join us on Saturday, August 18th for "Jurassic Park". Ty's All Natural, Taco Grande, and Mr. Softee Ice Cream will be joining us for the movie!
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!
The Big Field at Dix Park
Junior Paleontologists will enjoy seeing and touching real fossils as they wonder and delight in our planet’s past. We’ll use special tools to break apart “dinosaur eggs” and uncover “ancient” treasures.

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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.




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.

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!