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Dix Park public comment ends Friday

Posted January 18, 2019 6:18 a.m. EST
Updated January 18, 2019 7:02 a.m. EST

— Friday is the last day for members of the public to comment on the future of Dix Park.

The city of Raleigh is looking to make the 300-acre space a destination park. A draft master plan was completed in December, showing possible improvements for six areas of the park.

In 10 years, the park could have botanical gardens or an amphitheater.

Ali Yahya lives and works close to the park. He said he was happy to see in plans a proposed bridge connecting Dix to nearby Pullen Park.

Yahya said he hopes that as the plans continues to be refined, enough open space sticks around since he has a dog.

“I think it’s really important to have green space in a city, rather than a bunch of construction everywhere,” he said. “It’s nice to have trees and grass and a place to walk around.”

Even though public comment ends Friday night, a few important dates are ahead.

On Jan. 27, people can come to the park for scheduled walking tours.

The last community meeting is Feb. 6 at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Raleigh's City Council is set to discuss the master plan Feb. 19.

If the plans are approved, the first order of business is restoring the park's creek and cemetery. Unused buildings will also be demolished.

The city acquired the property from the state in July 2015.