Dorothea Dix Park

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Upcoming Dix Park Events


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Dorothea Dix Park 5K

Lace up those running shoes and gather your racing buddies to start training. Registration is now open for the 1st Annual Dorothea Dix Park 5K on Saturday, March 9!

The City of Raleigh and Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy invite you to participate in our official Dorothea Dix Park 5K race to benefit the future of Dorothea Dix Park. This race offers timed or un-timed options, kids fun runs, and a scenic course through the Dorothea Dix Park campus. Race proceeds will support design and construction efforts moving forward as we create a park for everyone.

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Mordecai Historic Park Visitor Center

Wake County Historical Society invites you to  learn about the life and legacy of Theophilus Hunter. Soldier, judge, legislator, and Raleigh founder, Theophilus Hunter was one of Raleigh’s original citizens.

Dorothea Dix Park

Lace up those running shoes, gather your racing buddies and join us for the 1st Annual Dorothea Dix Park 5K race to benefit the future of Dorothea Dix Park.

Dorothea Dix Park Big Field

Spring is in the air which means so are our kites! Join us for “Flight Day at Dorthea Dix Park,” sponsored by the YMCA of the Triangle Y Guides program and the City of Raleigh on Saturday, March 16.

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Support Your Park

This is your park, and it needs your support. Every dollar you give supports community engagement and planning along with free events and programs that allow us to create an amazing public space for everyone.



Master Planning

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the Master Planning process over the past 18 months. We've had over 65,000 residents share feedback online and in person through hundreds of engagement opportunities! The official public comment period is now over and a final draft of the Master Plan and Executive Summary are available for review. 


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.