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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

View of downtown raleigh from Dix campus A presentation from Myrick Howard’s UNC students about the buildings on Dix Hill will be held Friday, April 19 at 3:00pm in the Briggs Building, Downtown Raleigh.

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.

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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:


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

 Opponents, supporters of Dorthea Dix land plan make voices heard.   I  ABC

 Mayor to legislators: ‘Honor your commitments’ (video) | Video of Mayor Nancy McFarlane's comments |


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

Facebook | Twitter | #SaveDixPark | Update your social media profile

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

Representative Thom Tillis (R - District 98),  Speaker of the House
Phone: 919-733-3451   I

Senator Phil Berger  (R -  District 26) President Pro Tempore, Senate                                                                                                                                                                                     Phone:  919-733-3541  |

Send an E-Card  to your Representatives       (Look up "Who Represents Me?")


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!

Write some "mock" Letters To The Editor.

8.  Better yet, write a real Letter to the Editor

News and Observer

9.  Keep up-to-date with the news articles posted below


10.  Watch this page daily for more information




 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

Capital Tonight April 2: Democratic ad producer Frank Eaton, on messaging; Insiders Ballard Everett and Perry Woods dive into the Dix Park issue.| April 3, 2013 |


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:


FIELD OF DREAMS: Envisioning Raleigh’s Central Park | March 28, 2013 | Walter magazine





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".

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