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Dorothea Dix Park

Last updated May 31, 2019 - 11:19 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.

The greenspace is open for the public to enjoy. In February 2019, Raleigh City Council unanimously approved the master plan for the long-term vision of the park. Visit the Dorothea Dix Park website for more details about events and programs at the park as well as continued planning efforts.

Visiting the Park

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 (DHHS) headquarters is also there, we ask that visitors be respectful of employees and avoid all buildings and parking lots during business hours. This includes The Healing Place/Healing Transitions and NC State University Child Care Center lease-back areas.
  • Park Boundary and Lease-back Areas Map
  • There are no public restrooms or concessions at Dorothea Dix Park. Please be prepared.
  • All City of Raleigh ordinances and City park rules apply.
  • The site is patrolled by both the Raleigh Police Department and State Capitol Police.
  • During weekdays, the gravel lots along Barbour Drive, soccer field gravel lots, and Greenway Lot at the Boylan Heights entrance are open.
  • Parking is available in all lots after 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day during weekends.
  • Parking Map
  • Dix Park Dog Park offers 4 acres of fenced-in space for dogs to roam off-leash. Open to the public seven days a week and includes separate areas for small and large dogs. Read etiquette & rules

Future Planning

Along with master plan adoption, City staff was directed by Raleigh City Council to develop an implementation plan for Phase 1. Recommendations on cost and funding options, governance structures and scope of work for Phase 1 projects will be brought back to Council for review and approval.

Access past presentations, meeting records, and documents from the master plan process including City Council Work Sessions, Community Meetings, Executive Committee Meetings, Advisory Committee Meetings, and Workgroup Meetings in our Planning Database.

If you would like additional information, please contact info@dixpark.org.

Background

On July 24, 2015, the City of Raleigh acquired 308 acres of the Dorothea Dix Campus from the State of North Carolina. The purpose of the City’s acquisition of the property is to plan and develop a new destination park – Dorothea Dix 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. Until this plan is developed, the public shall not enter any of the lease-back areas of the park including those occupied by DHHS, The Healing Place/Healing Transitions, NC State University Child Care Center, and Capital Area Soccer League.

On July 24, 2015, the City of Raleigh acquired 308 acres of the Dorothea Dix Campus from the State of North Carolina. The purpose of the City’s acquisition of the property is to plan and develop a new destination park – Dorothea Dix 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. Until this plan is developed, the public shall not enter any of the lease-back areas of the park including those occupied by DHHS, The Healing Place/Healing Transitions, NC State University Child Care Center, and Capital Area Soccer League.

Park Boundary and Lease-Back Areas Map

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