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Poll points to park on Dix campus

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Results of a statewide poll indicates six in 10 North Carolinians support a world-class destination park on the 306-acre campus soon to be vacated when Dorothea Dix Hospital closes its late this year.

This public voice emerges from results of two opinion polls conducted by Raleigh-based Public Policy Polling on March 20, one targeting registered voters statewide and a second directed only to Wake County voters.

“This poll reveals exactly what we have been hearing from people all across the state,” Jay Spain, president of Friends of Dorothea Dix Park, says in a statement.

Results differed little across lines of race, gender and political preference, the polls says, with more than half of statewide respondents favoring preservation of all 306 acres for a park, one in four preferring a smaller park with some development, and fewer than one in 10 supporting development of the entire campus.

In Wake County, the results were weighted more heavily in favor of a destination park and against development uses.

State lawmakers plans make a decision on the fate of the park this year, Spain says.

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