Dorothea Dix Park

Last updated Oct. 23, 2017 - 10:29 am
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The City of Raleigh welcomes you to the first community meeting to help shape the future of Dorothea Dix Park. Join us and share your ideas on Thursday, Nov. 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library located at 1070 Partners Way on the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University. Parking is free and open to the public.  The meeting will be recorded. For questions, more information, or to provide your comments via email please contact info@dixpark.org.

Future Planning

The City of Raleigh will initiate a master planning process for Dorothea Dix Park in 2017. If you have ideas about the future of Dorothea Dix Park or would like additional information please contact Kate Pearce, Senior Planner.

Things to remember at Dorothea Dix Park:

  • Dorothea Dix Park is open to the public daily from dawn to dusk;
  • However, since the Department of Health and Human Services headquarters is also there, we ask that visitors be respectful of employees and avoid all buildings and parking lots during business hours;
  • There are no public restrooms or concessions at Dorothea Dix Park. Please be prepared;
  • All City of Raleigh ordinances and City park rules apply; and, 
  • The site is patrolled by both the Raleigh Police Department and State Capitol Police.

Background

On July 24, 2015, the City of Raleigh and the State of North Carolina completed the closing process for the City’s acquisition of 308 acres of the Dorothea Dix Campus. The purpose of the City’s acquisition of the property is to eventually plan and develop a new destination park.

Important parts of the City of Raleigh and the State of North Carolina purchase agreement include:

  • The City will lease back large portions of the Dorothea Dix Campus to the State for their administrative operations of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS);
  • Nearly 2,100 DHHS employees currently work on the Dorothea Dix Campus. DHHS will continue to occupy the lease-back areas of the park for up to 10 to 25 more years;
  • The City requests that visitors respect the lease-back areas that DHHS will continue to occupy (see map below) and their need to conduct business without interruption.

A future “Public Access and Events Plan” will be developed by the City and State. This plan will address permissible uses, days and times for access by the public of the lease-back areas of the Dorothea Dix Campus while DHHS continues to occupy it. At this time a plan has not been completed. Until this plan is developed, the public shall not enter any of the lease-back areas of the park.

In addition to the State of North Carolina lease back areas the City will also honor existing leases with The Healing Place, the NC State Day Care and Capital Area Soccer League.

View the park boundary and various lease-back areas map

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