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A Park for Everyone, Built by Everyone

This community has an extraordinary opportunity. The chance to create a new public space of this size in the heart of a city is remarkable – and simply unparalleled in the United States.

This is especially true with land of such beauty, history, and potential: rich and varied landscapes, dramatic hills and valleys, beautiful groves and prairies, rolling fields, skyline views, old growth oaks – all in a bucolic, campus-like setting. 150 years as Hunter Plantation; 150 years as Dorothea Dix Hospital; and, more recently, a decade as the North Carolina DHHS headquarters. Just imagine what the next 150+ years can be.

If we rise to this opportunity, Dorothea Dix Park will have a unique ability to bring us together – to be a place of belonging for all individuals and families, for all communities, economic levels, backgrounds, and interests. It will transform individual lives and will be essential to ensuring a livable and sustainable region for generations to come.

The benefits of a great urban park are profound – leading to deep improvements to physical health, mental health, community health (safety, cohesiveness, empathy, civic pride, belonging), air pollution and storm water management, and much more. In addition to their inherent value, these incredible quality-of-life improvements translate into astronomical economic benefits.

Right now, world-renowned landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh and a team of local and national experts are leading the development of a visionary Master Plan that will guide the creation of Dorothea Dix Park as a world-class destination that will welcome, engage, and inspire. We need you to make that possible.

Be a part of creating Dorothea Dix Park as a place for everyone – a transformative public space for community, health, and celebration that will enrich our quality of life in North Carolina.

City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources

The department strives to connect and enrich our community through exceptional experiences, and is excited to plan the future of Dorothea Dix Park. The City of Raleigh owns and operates the park, under the leadership of Director Diane Sauer and Assistant Director Stephen Bentley. The day-to-day planning, programming and operations of the park are conducted by the Planning, and Operations & Maintenance teams.


Kate Pearce – Senior Planner, Project Manager

Joey Voska - Programs & Operations Supervisor

Grayson Maughan – Senior Park Planner

Lauren Weldishofer - Marketing & Communications Manager

Caroline Lindquist – Planning Technician

Nick Smith - Planning Technician



Charles Craig – Natural Resources and Parks Senior Supervisor
Ryan Lerch – Natural Resources and Parks Superintendent
Brett Kiger – Natural Resources and Parks Crew Supervisor
Jonathan Allen – Maintenance Technician, Senior
Charles Hill – Maintenance Technician
Tavis Mitchell– Maintenance Technician


Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy

In partnership with the City of Raleigh, the Conservancy   ensures the creation and long-term success of Dorothea Dix Park as a place for everyone – a transformative public space for community, health, and celebration that will enrich our quality of life in North Carolina.


Sean Malone – President & CEO
Jim Goodmon – Board Chair
Ann Goodnight – Board Vice Chair
Charles B. Neely, Jr. – Board Treasurer
Bill McNeal – Board Secretary




Lucy Bode
Janet Cowell
Ed Fritsch
Jim Goodmon
Ann Goodnight
Russ Jones
Bill McNeal
Sean Malone
James Maynard
Wayne Maiorano
Siobhan Millen
Assad Meymandi
Carlton Midyette
Charles B. Neely, Jr.
Bill Padgett
Mary Ann Poole
Orage Quarles III
O. Temple Sloan, Jr.




Millan Edmondson – Operations Manager

Amy Etheridge - Director of Development

Ilina Ewen - Director of Communications & Community Engagement

Sean Malone – President & CEO

Anna Rodriguez – Data Manager

Melissa Small - Bookkeeper

Kerri Stanton - Development Coordinator

Chandler Witherington – Donor Relations Coordinator



Dhamian Blue
Lucy Bode
Jay Chaudhuri
Ashley Christensen
Jack Clayton
Zach Clayton
Janet Cowell
Tyler Craft
Paulette Dillard
Kate Dixon
Charman Driver
Dennis Edwards
David Fountain
Anne S. Franklin
Ella Frantz
Ed Fritsch
Tom Gipson
Jim Goodmon
Susan Goodmon
Ann Goodnight
Jim Hansen
Bob Hatley
Marjorie Hodges
Olivia Holding
Terrence Holt
Mark Hoversten
Myrick Howard
Russ Jones
Willa Kane
Rick Marcotte
Nancy McFarlane
Doug McMillan
Bill McNeal
Wayne Maiorano
James Maynard
Assad Meymandi
Carlton Midyette
Siobhan Millen
Charles B. Neely, Jr.
Bill Padgett
Bev Perdue
Mary Ann Poole
Joyce Pope
Orage Quarles III
Lee Roberts
Bill Ross
O. Temple Sloan, Jr.
David Smith
Jay Spain
Kari Stoltz
Matt Tomasulo
David Weaver
Jim Whitehurst
Blount Williams
Carter Worthy





Jim Hunt
Bob Ingram
Sherwood Smith
Smedes York




Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; donations to the Conservancy are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Please consult with a tax advisor on how such charitable contributions affect your individual taxes.

Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy believes strongly in fiscal prudence and full financial transparency. Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the NC State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-807-2214 or 888-830-4989 for NC Residents.

Copies of IRS form 990 and other financial information is available on the Conservancy’s profile page on GuideStar, the independent nonprofit that is the world's largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. Or, we’re happy to send you a digital or hard copy of our most recent financials and forms if you contact us at info@dixparkconservancy.org.