Bigwigs want a park at Dix site – Local –

RALEIGH — A group of North Carolina business, education and political leaders wants Gov. Bev Perdue to endorse turning the Dorothea Dix Hospital property into a public park once it’s emptied of patients and state workers.

Dix Visionaries, a nonprofit group, is pushing Perdue to declare the 306-acre campus a park district. The buildings that make up the psychiatric hospital are surrounded by tree-shaded lanes, fields and patches of woods overlooking the downtown skyline.

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