Dorothea Dix Park

Daffodils blooming at Dorothea Dix Park
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A Park for Everyone, Built by Everyone
Events at the Park

Dogs run free at Dix Park's pop-up dog park

Pop-PupAlooza - Saturday, April 27

Your dog's favorite event is back! During this one-day event, dogs will be allowed off leash at our specially crafted dog park to run and romp to their heart's content. There will be plenty to enjoy for dogs and their owners including pet-themed vendors, pet adoption, food trucks and local craft beer! 


People sit and listen to music at Dix Park with the Raleigh city skyline as a backdrop

Spring Jazz Brunch - Sunday , April 28

Enjoy local jazz music against the picturesque backdrop of Raleigh’s skyline. Our spring Jazz Brunch at Dorothea Dix Park will feature music from Peter Lamb and The Wolves complemented by local food truck fare and adult brunch beverages.



Williams Field at Dix Park

Challenge your cardiovascular system with this week's vigorous circuit training class. We’ll combine the variables of time, intensity and repetition to blast through exercise plateaus and surge towards new fitness heights!

Our Get Fit at Dix fitness program is offered by GymGuyz.

Williams Field at Dix Park

Are you a young professional who needs a little more Earth Day in your life? Want to spend an evening learning how environmental sustainability plays a role in the future of Raleigh? Triangle Young Professional Civitan Club invites you to our Earth Day Replay at Dix Park!

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!

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Support Your Park

This is your park, and it needs your support. When you give to the Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy, you are supporting community engagement, park planning, and free events + programs - helping us create an amazing park for everyone.



Park Planning

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the Master Planning process - over 65,000 residents share feedback online and in person through hundreds of engagement opportunities! On February 19th, 2019, the Dorothea Dix Park Master Plan was adopted unanimously by Raleigh City Council. This was an important and exciting milestone.


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.