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Dorothea Dix Park

Last updated Dec. 05, 2017 - 10:36 am
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Dorothea Dix Park is Raleigh’s largest city park. The 308-acre site blends historic architecture and rich landscapes into a unique destination in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. The greenspace is open for the public to enjoy. We are currently working on the master plan for the long term vision of the park. Visit our website for more details about the master planning process and explore our online engagement platform to share ideas.

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 info@dixpark.org.

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.
  • Parking is available in all lots after 5pm on weekdays and all day during weekends.
  • During weekdays, the gravel lots along Barbour Drive, soccer field gravel lots, and Greenway Lot at the Boylan Heights entrance are open.
  • Parking Map

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 N.C. State University Child Care Center, and Capital Area Soccer League.

View the park boundary and various lease-back areas map

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