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  • Dorothea Dix Park: A Park for Everyone, Built by Everyone

  • The Life Stages of a Park

    Growing and changing over time

    INCEPTION MASTER PLAN DESIGN CONSTRUCTION USE AND

    EVOLUTION

    MICHAEL VAN VALKENBURGH ASSOCIATES, INC.

    PRESENTATION TO THE RALEIGH CITY COUNCIL

    26 NOVEMBER 2018

  • Inception

    the need for a park is realized

  • Master Plan

    a framework of programmatic elements

    COMMUNITY MEETING 2, MARCH 2018COMMUNITY MEETING 1, NOVEMBER 2017

  • Design

    fi tting the program of the park to the particulars of the site

    MODEL AND CONSTRUCTION DRAWING, A GATHERING PLACE FOR TULSA

  • Construction

    building towards aspirations with materials and site changes

    RESTORED WATERWAY AT BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN

  • Use and Evolution

    the park becomes a beloved place

    WEDDING CEREMONY AT BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK

  • Dorothea Dix Park Master Plan

    November 2018 Work Session with City Council, 2 of 3

    1. Principles

    2. Phasing

    3. Overview of Funding Tools

  • Important aspirations for Dorothea Dix Park can be

    realized through a commitment to these 3 principles.

    These include shaping park access to improve equity,

    welcoming a diversity of experiences of nature and culture,

    the strategic use of resources, and

    creating new spaces to support wellness and well-being.

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    aheflich Text Box While thinking about how the park gets built, it is essential to remember why Raleigh has undertaken this effort.

    Dorothea Dix Park is a physical place that will reflect many shared community values including access for all, racial and social equity, sustainability, diverse programs celebrating nature and culture, the strategic use of resources, local history, mental and physical health, and ecological resilience. These important community aspirations can be given physical form through a commitment to the 3 Dorothea Dix Park principles, that will guide all levels of decision-making from the planning through the operation of the park.

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    State Farmers Market

    Fuller Heights

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    Pullen Park Governor Morehead School

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    The Valley

    The Meadow

    The Creek

    The GroveThe

    Ridge

    The Downtown Gateway

    I. Open Up and Connect

    II. Build From What Is There

    III. Off er Something for Everyone

    3 Principles for Dix Park:

  • Open Up and Connect

    Break through the existing barriers that limit the potential of the park site today

    Engage neighbors and partners to maximize local and regional connections to the park

    Invent new physical connections that attract activity and landscape experiences beyond that of accommodating circulation

    Shape the existing points of access to prioritize pedestrian safety

    Continue to welcome everyone to the park with innovative programming

    Be the venue for learning opportunities hosted by the educational, cultural and arts institutions of Raleigh

    Integrate STEAM and innovation programs that showcase the opportunities and institutions of the region

    Promote healthy citizen interaction and an advocacy for social equity

    Host the mixing of citizens, families, community groups, and local institutions

  • Build From What Is There

    Identify specifi c opportunities for the park inherent in the existing land

    Model the best practices in design, planning and resiliency

    Bring meaning and relevance to the site’s complex layers of history through new park elements

    Weave innovative resiliency projects that celebrate natural systems into the park experience

    Capture revenue to a sustain a world-class park

    Contribute to the economic vitality of Raleigh and the region

    Restore natural water systems and ecologies that will fuel the evolution of the park landscapes

    Develop mechanisms for utilizing volunteers to advance the implementation and maintenance of the park

    Welcome in the local expertise and experience of Raleigh’s community of contractors, craftsmen, and makers

  • Off er Something for Everyone

    Transform the experience of the place through a celebration of diversity

    Add complexity and variety to a place that has been managed most recently as a singular institution, the modern hospital

    Celebrate the site’s cultural landscape history to connect the past to today

    Present and unite diverse park elements within a coherent public space framework

    Juxtapose park spaces that are urban and civic with those that are natural and boundless

    Develop a nature escape in the Creek, the Grove, and the Meadow landscapes

    Develop an active and urban experience in the Downtown Gateway, the Ridge, and the Valley landscapes

    Create meaningful, engaging, and inclusive social hubs of activities and events

  • Important aspirations for Dorothea Dix Park

    are realized through the restoration and celebration of

    cultural landscapes.

    proposed Dix Park

    Stewardship Crew

    Conservancy’s Legacy

    Committee

    AGRICULTURE ON THE BIG FIELD, 194OS VOLUNTEERS REMOVE INVASIVE PLANTS AT DIX SITE, 2018

  • Phasing Approach: From the outside, in Implementation

    • Connect at the edges and build from the

    edges inward

    • Grow excitement in the park experience to

    develop relevant and supportive partners

    over time

    • Pace capital construction to align with

    fundraising and park administration capacity

    • Pair building rehabilitation with landscape

    restoration to connect the indoor and

    outdoor experience

    • Plan for building and cultural anchors to

    occur in later phases when the opportunity

    of being located within Dix Park is more

    widely understood

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    Restore The Creek

    Rehabilitate early transfer buildings (Chapel, the 3 Stone Houses, Buff aloe, Benner) and the landscapes that surround them

    Main entry with plaza and play areas at Lake Wheeler Road and Grissom Street

    Multi-use path along Lake Wheeler

    A. Work with neighbors to plan for good access to the park across property lines

    B. Develop and adopt a small area plan for Fuller Heights, to ensure purposeful future change and growth within Fuller Heights as the park grows

    C. Remediate the landfi ll, with the state DEQ D. Coordinate upgrades to municipal infrastructure

    within Dix Park, with the city utilities group E. Redesign Lake Wheeler Road with new

    pedestrian, bike and transit opportunities F. Redesign park entries and transit access along

    Western Blvd., with NCDOT and Wake County G. Build “swing space” for future parking needs

    PHYSICAL IMPROVEMENTS

    PLANNING FOR FUTURE GROWTH

    Phase A (115 Acres) Welcoming Edges and Entries

    Fuller Heights

    Healing Transitions

    State Farmers Market

    NCSU Spring Hill

    Governor Morehead School

    Central Prison

    Pullen Park

    Existing Building to Demolish

    Existing Building to Rehabilitate

    Build-out, Current Phase

    Build-out, Prior Phases

    Existing Road to Remain

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    Open up the grove and the meadow with select building demolition

    Restore the Meadow and the Grove

    Prepare select buildings to be used by partners and apply revenue that results from the partnership to park operations, maintenance and programming

    A. Analyze and upgrade site utilities prior to further building rehabilitation at the Valley and the Ridge

    B. Develop a maintenance plan supported by the eff orts of a stewardship corps for the park’s restored landscapes

    Phase B (130 Acres) Boundless Landscapes and a Promenade Loop

    PHYSICAL IMPROVEMENTS

    PLANNING FOR FUTURE GROWTH

    State Farmers Market

    NCSU Spring Hill

    Governor Morehead School

    Central Prison

    Pullen Park

    Fuller Heights

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    Existing Building to Demolish

    Existing Building to Reha