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Learn about Dix Park Plaza & Play designs and public art plans

Screenshot from the Dix Park Plaza & Play presentation

The design for the first major project of Dorothea Dix Park was shared in detail earlier this month at a public meeting.

The site will be where the temporary dog park is currently located. The next dog park location is expected to be announced in September and would move before construction begins. 

What the proposed Plaza + Play includes

🌳 Piedmont Prairie: An open green space with native grasses

🌳 North Carolina Woodland Garden: Benches, possibly public art

🌳 A large amphitheater with trees throughout (below)

🌳 Fountain Plaza: A large plaza including a waterfall that becomes part of a play feature, like a splash pad (below and top illustration)

🌳 Playground: Includes a Yates Mill-inspired replica, sand and water play spaces, wooden play structure, slides, toddler-friendly areas and an ADA access route (below)

🌳 Picnic Grove: A space with picnic tables, string lights, grills.

🌳 The House of Many Porches, surrounded by a garden and a terrace.

🌳 Swing Terrace: For “kids of all ages.” 

See the site plan (click for larger)

📺 Watch a recording from July 13 (link begins at presentation): [YouTube]

🗣️ Give feedback: [survey]

Learn about public art, talk to selected artists

Three artists have been selected to create the art for the Plaza & Play at Dorothea Dix Park: Johnny Lee Chapman, III, Donald Lipski and Mark Reigleman. Learn more about each of the artists here.

At 6 p.m. Monday, the artists will present their work and share about their processes, followed by a Q&A. Join by Zoom | Join by Phone: 301-715-8592 | Meeting ID: 883 8758 1605

It’s a kickoff for the artists’ work with the design team, a Dix Park spokesperson said. The research and community engagement process will continue until September of this year, with the final design phase in spring or summer of next year.

📰 Previously: Timeline of Dix Park over 5 years. [RaleighConvergence.com]

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Sarah Day Owen Wiskirchen is the editor of Raleigh Convergence.

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