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Mission Statement: Our goal is to save all 306 acres of the Dorothea Dix Campus for a World Class Destination Park for future generations.

Looking for the Official Dix Park Web site? Go here: DixPark.org

First big question for Dix Park: How will people get there?

"That whole section of town was where the unwanted people of society were located," said Caroline Lindquist, one of five city planners Raleigh has assigned to help turn the Dix campus into a signature urban park. "It was designed to keep people out. The way they built the roads around it was to discourage people from walking into it. So the challenge is, how do we flip that notion and turn the area into a destination? How do we open it up to be a welcoming place?"

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/article185615968.html

Raleigh seeks a Dix Park of the people for the people

That conceptional effort got underway in earnest Thursday night at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on N.C. State's Centennial Campus. More than 400 people turned out to hear planners outline themes and aspects of the new park's design.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/ned-barnett/article185439403.html

'Place for all:' Raleigh holds first community meeting on Dix Park redesign

The first Dix Park community meeting was held Thursday evening at the Hunt Library from 6 to 8 p.m. on North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus.
The meeting’s purpose was to allow the public to have a say and see a presentation by lead park designer Michael Van Valkenburgh on the future of the park.

Read more here: http://www.wral.com/-place-for-all-raleigh-holds-first-community-meeting-on-dix-park-redesign/17119864/

Dix Park landscape architect talks about possibilities

Here's how absolutely dedicated Michael Van Valkenburgh and his team of landscape architects were in their dogged pursuit of the master plan for Dorothea Dix Park.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article136004848.html

Raleigh selects Dorothea Dix Park designer

The Raleigh City Council voted unanimously to select landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh to create the master plan for Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh.

Read more here: http://www.wral.com/raleigh-selects-dorothea-dix-park-designer/16542705/
And here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/raleigh-report-blog/article134024534.html/

Sean Malone: Dorothea Dix Park’s dream shepherd

Overseeing the process of determining what Dix Park might someday be is 47-year-old Sean Malone, who just stepped into the job of first president and CEO of Dix Park Conservancy.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article126104064.html

And this correction:

A story in the Jan. 15 Arts & Living section about Sean Malone, the new president and CEO of the Dix Park Conservancy, mischaracterized the Conservancy’s role. The nonprofit will support the city’s efforts. The story also quotes Malone as saying the Conservancy was working on the park’s master plan. The city and an executive committee are in the process of selecting a firm to create the master plan.

Mapping a future for Dix Park

Six teams of landscape architects are vying for the chance to remake the Dorothea Dix grounds into a destination park.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article116964583.html

Program Spurs Conversation, Debate on Future Dix Memorial

More than a hundred people gathered on a Sunday afternoon to reflect and discuss what should be part of a memorial to the now-shuttered mental health facility.

Read more here: http://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2016/10/17/program-spurs-conversation-debate-on-future-dix-memorial/

Raleigh hopes to hire Dix Park consultant in March

The city is about to embark on a seven-month journey to find the perfect consulting partner to help plan a “destination” downtown park.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/raleigh-report-blog/article72657712.html

Raleigh Presents 'Destination Dix' on July 23, 2016

Mayor Nancy McFarlane, in partnership with the Dix Park Conservancy, announced the new Destination Dix community festival.

Read more here: http://www.raleighnc.gov/home/news/content/PubAffairs/Articles/DestinationDix.html

Raleigh strikes deals so conservancy can raise money for Dix Park

The Raleigh City Council on Tuesday approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the nonprofit Dix Park Conservancy.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/raleigh-report-blog/article72657712.html

Raleigh officially acquires Dix property

Four years of conflict over the Dorothea Dix property was officially put in the rear-view mirror when, at 10 a.m. Friday, Raleigh leaders recorded the deed for the 306-acre property.

Read more here: http://www.wral.com/raleigh-officially-acquires-dix-property/14793005/#VW0OC6e4Ri2lH2v5.99

State approves sale of Dix land to city of Raleigh

The Council of State has voted unanimously to sell the land near downtown Raleigh once occupied by Dorothea Dix Hospital to the city of Raleigh, which is planning a signature park on the property.

The vote Tuesday morning is the last major hurdle for the $52 million sale of the 308-acre property...

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article20248974.html

With Dorothea Dix deal in hand, Raleigh asks:
What's next?

For Bill Padgett of the advocacy group Dix306, it's a matter of connecting the park to downtown's businesses and apartment towers, and N.C. State University's Centennial Campus, which borders the Dix land.

"I don't think we need to re-create what's already around us," Padgett said. "We need to figure out how to augment that."

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article20302068.html

Dix deal inked, Raleigh pays $2 million deposit

Gov. Pat McCrory and Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane signed the $52 million sale agreement for the Dorothea Dix property during a festive ceremony there Monday morning.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article20672409.html








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"Save this green space not only for Raleigh, but for our country and our world. Being able to spend time there will enhance our lives immeasurably. Our grandchildren will thank us for our vision."
Gayle Lowry

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