ABOUT KENDALL CIRCLE
Kendall Circle is a 10(ish) acre plot of land adjacent to Dorothea Dix Park and the Pullen Park Terrace neighborhood. It is part of the Centennial Campus Spring Hill District of NC State. Kendall Circle was originally a part of the Dorothea Dix Hospital Campus.
During the 1950’s, a community of small houses were built around the circle, sprinkled amongst the large oak trees. These houses were originally built for workers at the hospital. Later, it is said that the houses were used for patients who needed to be close to the hospital, but were able to live on their own. In 1990’s, the houses were no longer used, and they were removed from the property in early 2000’s.
Kendall Circle is now informally and unofficially used by the citizens of Raleigh as a park. It is mistakenly assumed by most who use it that it is a part of the Dorothea Dix Park, rather than it being a part of NC State. Kendall Circle is seasonally used for criterium cycling races, it is on the circuit of various city running races and marathons and people from all over come to walk, jog, ride bikes and play with their dogs on the loop.
Kendall Circle is a special place, and has a character that is uniquely different from the almost all of Dorothea Dix Park. The main difference is that the circle is heavily wooded with large oak trees. The trees are much more numerous than most of Dix, making it feel like a large hardwoods forest rather than the dappled pastoral quality of the park. The amount of wildlife living and using Kendall Circle is astounding—from deer and fox to owls and hawks.
Some of the uniqueness of Kendall Circle includes:
• one of the largest planted oak bosques in the state of NC
• connection to the big hill viewpoint that will be a feature vista of Dorothea Dix Park
• connection to the quiet pine grove of Dorothea Dix Park
• connection to the “Land Bridge,” and closer to Pullen Park than almost all of Dorothea Dix Park… could serve as a connector of the two parks
• a beautiful, winding 1/2 mile loop, perfect for human-powered movement and events for walking, running, cycling and skating
• very different setting than the pastoral quality of most of Dix
• much nature, including deer, fox, owls, hawks, and more