As a result of the reporter visit several weeks ago (in partnership with the City of Raleigh), David Israelson published an article in Canada's largest newspaper, The Globe and Mail. The piece titled, "Cities turn to urban forests to combat climate change" includes several quotes on Dix Park, and has a slightly different angle focusing on the benefit of green space from a climate, and business perspective.
One of the main takeaways from the piece is the reminder that public parks have value beyond serving as a community gathering space, and that they act to revitalize a region, attract talent and business, increase livability, and help control/moderate climate change. Sean Malone, President, and CEO, of the Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy, have several quotes in the article that reflects the positive environmental impact a park has on a city and vice versa.
This article also reinforces Raleigh is at the forefront of a positive trend in the value of public greenspace and is compared to other large metros: Toronto, Halifax, and Winnipeg.
There have been several other great articles covering Dix Park - you can read them below:
- Business Insider: The site of an abandoned mental hospital in North Carolina is being transformed into the next 'Central Park.' Take a look.
- Curbed: The nation’s most exciting park project is taking shape in North Carolina
- NextCity: Raleigh’s Largest Park Looks at Equity as City Booms
- ArchDaily: Historic Mental Hospital Will Transform Into North Carolina’s “Central Park”