Public Gets Look At Dix Master Plan

Feb 7, 2019

Map of the Dorothea Dix Park Master Plan.

The public last night got to see Raleigh's master plan for Dorothea Dix Park, the 308-acre site of a former state psychiatric hospital.

The capital city purchased the property in 2015 and hired the Michael Van Valkenburgh architectural firm. The resulting plan would transform the grounds into a sprawling city park featuring playgrounds, trails and gardens.

The park will be developed over four phases that could take years to complete. Phase I covers 120 acres and includes two of the park's six envisioned landscapes. One is called The Creek and involves restoration of a natural area--The Gateway will feature plazas and play areas.

A later phase will include construction of a performance venue called the Valley Theater--meant as an alternative to the Red Hat Amphitheater, which is not deemed to be a permanent facility.