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April 5 General Meeting - The Evolution of America’s Next Great Urban Park: Dorothea Dix Park

Speaker: Kate Pearce, City of Raleigh Senior Planner, Dorothea Dix Park

 Photo courtesy of AJ Fletcher Foundtaion

Photo courtesy of AJ Fletcher Foundtaion

The Raleigh 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. If we rise to this opportunity, Dorothea Dix Park will have a unique ability to bring us together – to be a place of community belonging and wellness for all individuals and families. It will transform individual lives and will ensure a livable and sustainable region for generations to come.

Join us in exploring the past, present and future of Dorothea Dix Park. Kate Pearce will share stories that honor the legacy of the campus as the state’s first mental health hospital and provide a window into the planning process to create a world-class park. Please join us in the discussion to create Dorothea Dix Park as a place for everyone – a transformative public space for community wellness and celebration that will enrich the quality of life for existing and future generations of North Carolinians.

Kate Pearce is the Planning Supervisor for Dorothea Dix Park for the City of Raleigh. As the project manager she is responsible for the stewardship, management and future planning of the park. Prior to joining the City she worked as both an urban planning and business management consultant. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a MBA from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi and a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kate is Texsippian-- Part Texan, part Mississippian but now calls Raleigh home.

Lunch menu:  Chicken cordon bleu. Caesar salad, baked sweet potato, steamed broccoli, rolls, member provided dessert, iced  \tea, coffee, and water