Mayor says event at Dix will help Raleigh plan what site can be

Dorothea Dix property.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane announced on Thursday a new community festival that’s set to take place in July at Dorothea Dix.

The mayor, in partnership with the Dix Park Conservancy, announced the new “Destination Dix” community festival at a news conference at 10 a.m. in the big field at Dix Park.

McFarlane and a number of other representatives of the conservancy, as well as local partner agencies, spoke about the family-friendly free festival scheduled for Saturday, July 23 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

“This is a great way to show it off,” McFarlane said.

McFarlane said the event is “just the beginning, and kicks off our planning process.”

Bands Bombadil and Chatham County Line will perform at the festival and a Ferris Wheel with views of the Raleigh skyline will be brought in.

The mayor said that there will be no on-site parking for the event, but shuttle service will be provided for festival goers.

Mayor McFarlane speaks at the Destination Dix announcement

Bill McNeal of the Dix Conservancy said the event will give citizens a chance to visualize what the park can be.

“We’re saying to them, after they’re here, ‘Now help us plan this. What would you like to see here? What would make you happy as a part of this community?'” McNeal said.

Also happening this summer at Dix Park, the City of Raleigh is offering free tours of the campus.

The tours, an hour-and-a-half long, outline the history of the property and former hospital.

Dix Park Conservancy is offering free exercise, art classes and other activities at the park during the summer.

McFarlane said the city will be taking ideas from the public on what other kinds of events could be held at Dix Park.

“I think that’s what I am really looking forward to the most in the planning process is just hearing things that never dawned on us,” McFarlane said.

For more information on Dix Park, click here.

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