EVENT: Friday Aprirl 19, 3:00 Presentation on potential reuse of historic buildings on Dix Hill, Myrick Howard's UNC, Dept of Regional and City Planning class.
Guest post by Bill Padgett
These presentations will be more focused on building preservation than creating a world-class destination park, but learning about the structures and the need to preserve historic structures should be highly informative.
You may hear about Presidio 1480 acre park and other parks that have converted the old building to industrial uses and condo uses. And perhaps Golden Gate Park (1017 acres, 13M visitors, 5th most visited) which parallels Central Park in New York and Forest Park in St. Louis (1200 acres & 12M visitors). All are examples of destination parks and it might be interesting how they compare with Presidio and other mixed use developed parks
It will be worth your time and an excellent learning experience to hear these student’s assessment from UNC for the Dix Park land.
UNC Department of City and Regional Planning class to research about the potential reuse of the historic buildings on the Dix Hill campus.
Students have found and mapped information about the buildings at Dix, explored other parks across the country that are similarly endowed with historic buildings, learned about their governance structures, explored financing options, etc. Attendees should find the presentation to be very interesting and helpful in thinking about the Dix Hill property. The presentation will last one hour.
- Class presentation: UNC Department of City and Regional Planning class
- When: Friday, April, 19, 2013 at 3:00 pm
- Where: 220 Fayetteville St. Raleigh NC — first floor of the Briggs Building
- Map: http://goo.gl/maps/01QIy
4/8/13: Front page news coverage Dix bill backers, opponents spar over deed’s words I News & Observer
Excellent turnout at the Wake County Delegation follow-up meeting, including statements by Bill Padgett, Will Hooker, Councilor Russ Stephenson, Councilor Eugene Weeks and Mayor Nancy McFarlane.
Lawmakers hear from public on Dix Park lease I WRAL full length video coverage
Mayor to legislators: ‘Honor your commitments’ (video) | Video of Mayor Nancy McFarlane's comments | NCPolicyWatch.org
4/4/13: The Wake County Delegation (of Senators and Representatives) has scheduled a follow-up meeting for this Monday, April 8, 2013 from 4-6 pm at the Legislative Office Building, 300 North Salisbury St, Room 643 Those that were scheduled to speak on 3/25 will be assigned new numbers and will speak in the original order. If last time was any indication, the room will be packed so get there early to show your support of Dix Park! Wear green again! No new speakers will be allowed due to time contraints.
4/2/13: Thanks everyone for coming out today and showing your support for Dix Park! The Park showed itself off with beautiful blooming trees and wildflowers in the fields. Please see the Facebook page for photos and more info.
4/2/13: Flash-meeting TODAY at 5:00 at Dix on the great hill overlooking the greenway/Western Blvd. Dix306 and Friends of Dorothea Dix Park (FDDP) will talk about the poll released today and what we need to do next.
A poll on Dix Park by PPP polling was released April 2, 2013 that shows by 2:1 margins that folks in Wake County folks strongly support the park, honoring the contract and should this bill get to McCrory’s desk, he should veto it.
This is a great location for the kids to run and play. Everyone is welcome so …Please come and join Dix306 and FDDP and help make a difference for NC & let’s Save Dix Park Again! Detailed directions are here.
Photo from event as posted in Save Dix Park Campaign
3/29/13: Read about the vision for the Dix Park of the future in Walter Magazine; including profiles of leaders Greg Poole (Dix Visionaries) , Bill Padgett (Dix306) and Jay Spain (Friends of Dix Park)
1. Sign the Petition
We want Dix Park...not a parking lot. (Need 5,000 signatures)
2. Join the Save Dix Park Facebook group
3. Share with Friends
4. Scheduled Demonstration
3/26/12 UPDATE: Thank you for a fabulous turnout! Over 300 people attend the public session and so many spoke in support of honoring the City's lease and maintaining Dix a s a park. The session was ended after 2 hours with more than 50 people still scheduled to speak. The Wake Delegation committed to continue public discussion on April 8, 2013. Mark your calendars!
Join us, wear GREEN, come early and help our legislature understand that keeping the state's promise is the first step to trust.
When: 4:00 pm Monday, March 25th
Where: 300 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC - Room 643 of the Legislative Office Building
5. Contact the Legislature - Really Important!
Our representatives need to hear from the people of North Carolina that we expect the state to keep its promises. A few words is all that's needed.: Honor the lease between the City and the State. Preserve Dix as a park. Please include your name and City. Drop a quick email now!
Governor Pat McCrory
Phone: 919-733-5811 I email@example.com
Representative Thom Tillis (R - District 98), Speaker of the House
Phone: 919-733-3451 I Thom.Tillis@ncleg.net
Senator Phil Berger (R - District 26) President Pro Tempore, Senate Phone: 919-733-3541 | Phil.Berger@ncleg..net
6. Help Spread the Word
Does your neighborhood or organization have an email list? Send a link to this site with a short note asking for support.
7. Have some fun!
8. Better yet, write a real Letter to the Editor
9. Keep up-to-date with the news articles posted below
10. Watch this page daily for more information
Dix306 (A group who has working for years to save Dix. Lots of information)
Senate Bill 334, Ed 2 (=H319)
House Bill 319, Ed 1 (=S334)
History of Dorothea Dix Hospital
Dorothea Dix land issue at center of second public hearing | April 8, 2013 | News14
Wake hearing draws more criticism of proposal to rescind Dix lease | April 8, 2013 | News&Observer
Dix bill backers, opponents spar over deed’s words | April 8, 2013 | News&Observer
4/2/13: Coverage of Public Policy Polling (PPP) poll that Wake County citizens on a 2:1 margin support Dix Park and want the legislature to honor the lease:
- Poll: Most Wake residents support Dorothea Dix park | News & Observer Blog
- TBJ poll results: Build the Dix park already | Triangle Business Journal
- Wake County voters are 2-to-1 for Dix Park plan, strongly oppose state reneging: Public Policy Polling | IndyWeek.com
- Rally urges state to keep promise on Dix | ABCNews11
- Poll Says Wake Voters In Favor Of Dix Park In Raleigh | Raleigh Telegram
- Poll: Wake County voters want lawmakers to honor Perdue’s Dix lease | Triangle Business Journal
- Poll: Wake voters strong support Dix park | WNCN
FIELD OF DREAMS: Envisioning Raleigh’s Central Park | March 28, 2013 | Walter magazine
- As Dix Bill Passes the Senate, a Closer Look at the Original Deeds | March 28, 2013 | Raleigh Public Record
Letters to Editor | March 25-31, 2013 | NewsObserver.com
- Thomas Kline: Park would define Raleigh
- Chuck Flink: Dix would aid tourism
- Jim Fulghum: Dix money should help fund mental health (House Representative, District 49)
- Keith Hill: Dix purpose lost
- Hunter Buxton: Dix a good deal for N.C.
- Paul Y. Coble: Best Dix deal is via bond issue
- Bob Southerland: Broken promises
- Janis Ramquist: Dix agenda politicalA Dix Disaster | March 27, 2013 | IndyWeek.com, Bob Geary
- Perry Woods debates John Hood on Dix Land Deal (audio file) | March 27, 2013 | WPTF 850 |
- Opposition view: To fix a dishonorable deal | March 27, 2013 | Carolina Journal
- NC Senate votes to revoke Raleigh's lease on Dix property | updated March 27, 2013 | NewsObserver.com
- Greg Poole, Jr on a vision for Dix Park (audio file) | March 26, 2013 | WPTG 850 |
- State Senate votes to throw out Dix lease | March 26, 2013 | News and Observer.com
- How NC Senate voted on voiding Dix lease| March 26, 2013 | WRAL
- Senate Oks tearing up Dix park lease | March 26, 2013 | WRAL
Coverage of 3/25/13 Wake County Delegation public meeting:
- Supporters make passionate plea for Dix Park | ABC11 | March 26, 2013
- Wake Residents Express Ire Over State Laws With Dix, School Board Impacts | Raleigh Public Record | March 26, 2013
- Dix lease debate pits Raleigh business leaders against advocates for mentally ill | WRAL | March 25, 2013
- Dix park supporters rally at legislature | ABC11 | March 25, 2013
- Supporters of Dix park appeal to Wake lawmakers | News and Observer.com | March 25, 2013
- NC business leaders upset with bill that would void Dorothea Dix lease | WNCN | March 25, 2013
- Democrats urge crowds to oppose GOP-led changes for Wake County | News and Observer.com | March 24, 2013
- Green spaces worth investing in | Downtown Dame | March 25, 2013
- NC Sierra Club Statement on the NC Senate Passage of Dorothea Dix Lease Bill | Sierra Club | March 25, 2013
- Senate committee votes to revoke Dorothea Dix lease | Midtown Raleigh News | March 23, 2013
- Help Save Dix Park | Raleigh's Creative District | March 23 2013
- Hypocrisy Alert: Senator opposing Dix lease pushed $1 sale of NC prison valued at $2 million, now says Dix leased below "fair market value." | News and Observer.com | March 23, 2013
- Q&A: Mayor Nancy McFarlane | Raleigh Public Record | March 22, 2013
- Senate Republicans to Raleigh: Drop dead. (Contract? What contract?) | Independent | March 21, 2013
- NC Senators push forward to cancel Dix deal | SFgate.com | March 21, 2013
- Letters to the Editor: Bryan Andersen: Honor Dix pact | March 19, 2013
- Former mayors Coble and Bryan should support urban open space at Dix park Editorial | March 19, 2013 | NewsObserver.com
Wake commissioner: Let voters decide Dix fate | March 19, 2013 | WRAL.com
Dix Bill Looks at Property’s History through Fogged Glasses | Raleigh Public Record | March 18, 2013
- Bills would clean slate on Dix park deal | March 15, 2013 | WRAL.com
We're on a mission to save Dorothea Dix Park. Please help us save Dix Park again and help our Legislature honor their word. On Monday, March 25th the Wake County Legislative Caucus will meet to discuss legislation that breaks/condemns last year's Dix Park lease. The lease was executed in 2012 and preserve the Dix property so it can eventually be made into a wonderful 325 acre "destination park".