Raleigh’s Largest City Park Introduces Raleigh’s Smallest Park

Raleigh’s largest urban park presents Raleigh’s smallest park.

Need a mini respite from the Downtown hustle and bustle? Dix Park, Downtown Raleigh Alliance and Artsplosure—along with local installation artist, photographer and art director Katie Stewart—have teamed up to design a miniature park and art establishment Downtown debuting June 9 (!). 

“Raleigh’s smallest park” will be, ahem, parked in front of the Dix Park mural on the corner of Hillsborough and West Street by Roast Grill and State of Beer. And, rest assured, its inaugural ribbon-cutting is intended to be as “campy” as possible, according to Dix Park Conservancy’s Community Engagement Manager Trey Roberts—think tiny scissors and shovels as part of the festivities, naturally. 

The urban oasis’ focal point, a mural made by Gabriel Eng-Goetz in September 2022 depicting Dix Park, has been expanded on by Stewart with an engaging 3D art experience feat. sculpted mushroom seats, huge sunflower suncatchers and topiaries made with repurposed materials and nodding to the natural beauty and cultural significance of Dix Park (and adding a splash of color and pizzazz to the spot!). … Pro tip: It also makes for an excellent photo op! #DoItForTheGram

“This installation reimagines his themes and color schemes in a three-dimensional, interactive context,” says Stewart. “It welcomes visitors of all ages, cultivating engagement and imagination with art and fostering connections within the community while paying tribute to Dorothea Dix Park’s past, embracing its present energy and projecting its future as a creative communal hub.”

She adds: “This small park nestled in Downtown Raleigh is an illustration of art’s inclusive and transformative power. It presents a unique space for reflection, connection and inspiration to be enjoyed by all.” Sounds like a fresh spot to keep in your back pocket!

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