A rendering of Dix Park Plaza & Play by MVVA featuring a curved pathway through gardens and trees. People are walking on the path and throughout the park.

Plaza & Play Public Art at Dorothea Dix Park

Raleigh Arts

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Image Above: Rendering produced by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA)

Public Input & Upcoming Meetings

Plaza & Play Public Art at Dorothea Dix Park PublicInput Page

Project artists and designers are gathering inspiration and learning about the history of Dorothea Dix Park and surrounding community. Visit the PublicInput project page to view community comments, find out about upcoming stakeholder meetings, and to share input and stories about the neighborhood. Virtual community meetings use Zoom, a free video-conferencing software.

Project Details

The Plaza & Play is approximately 18 acres and sits on the southern edge of the park and will become the main entrance to Dix Park along Lake Wheeler Road, welcoming visitors travelling from around the City and across the State. 

As described in the Dorothea Dix Park Master Plan, the Plaza & Play aspires to be an inviting and inspiring public space for all ages with one-of-a-kind play spaces, a civic plaza, fountains, gardens, and areas to cookout and relax with family and friends. The history of the site will come alive through public art, interpretive signage, and a rehabilitated historic house. 

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This project is part of the Percent for Art program.


Date Activity
July - September 2021 Research & Community Engagement
September - October 2021  Integrated Concept Design Phase
November 2021 Completion of Integrated Concept Designs
Spring - Summer 2022 Final Design Phase
TBD Fabrication & Installation

About the Artists

Three artists will work with the project consultant and landscape architecture firm, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA):

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Kelly McChesney
Public Art Director

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Service Categories:
Raleigh Arts
Board, Commission or Committee:
Arts Commission
Related Services:
Public Art



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