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Skywatching at Dix Park- Total Lunar Eclipse
May 15 @ 9:30 pm - May 16 @ 12:00 am
To set the stargazing mood, the Triangle Sax Ensemble will be playing some tunes!
What to Bring
A blanket or chairs so you can relax under the stars.
A small flashlight to help you walk across the field, but you might find that avoiding all light and letting your eyes adjust to the darkness is more beneficial. Even a little light can throw off your night vision.
Know Before You Go
This is an informal session, so you can arrive and leave any time during the program. However, if you plan to attend, please register so that we can send you any additional information you may need as we get closer to the date.
All ages are welcome. Very young children may not get much out of looking through a telescope, but those elementary-school-aged and older may especially enjoy the experience. Parents: We recommend you look through the telescope first—then you’ll be better able to help your child look.
Sometimes, children (as well as adults) want to grab hold of the telescope, potentially smudging the eyepiece or knocking the object out of view. Please teach children not to touch the telescope without the operator’s permission. You can ask children to place their hands behind their back as they approach the scope. Explain they’ll be using their eyes to look, not their hands.
Be sure to dress for the weather. There are no shelters at the skywatching location.
Port-a-johns are available near the program site.
Please leave all pets at home, even those on a leash. Darkness, lots of people, expensive telescopes and pets on leashes is a bad combination. Pets will not be permitted near the telescopes.
Location and Parking
The Big Field at Dix Park, 101 Blair Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603
Parking is available in gravel lots on Biggs Drive (please do not park on grass under the trees) and in adjacent paved lots.
Please be courteous when driving in and try not to have your headlights light up the field more than necessary.
Dorothea Dix Park continues to strive to be accessible and welcoming for visitors, including those with disabilities. Currently, portions of Dorothea Dix Park, including some areas where programs and events occur, have uneven surfaces and are not fully accessible. Accessibility is a primary focus for early park improvements and all future planning and development.
Parking: Accessible parking spaces are available in all lots.
Restrooms: Accessible port-a-johns are located at the Big Field and Flowers Field. Indoor accessible restrooms are available in the newly renovated Chapel.
Programs and events: Raleigh Parks Inclusion Services works with community members to support participation. To request a program modification based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please complete and submit the Accommodation Request Form or contact Inclusion Services staff at 919-996-2147 or ParksInclusion@raleighnc.gov.
COVID – 19 Risks / Release, Indemnity, and Agreement Not To Sue (revised 7/6/2020)
The City of Raleigh has been forced to confront the potential dangers associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The City’s Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department remains committed to providing high quality programming. However, in order to comply with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other federal, state, and local public health agencies, the PRCR Department has implemented additional safety precautions to ensure that program participants and other PRCR Department staff will have a fun, exceptional experience.
The contents of this document supplement applicable program policies (including Camp Policies and School-Based Program policies), the Program Registration Form, and the online registration for participants who registered through RecLink at parks.raleighnc.gov. Unless amended herein, all prior policies applicable to the program for which you have registered remain in effect. Please review the following information carefully to learn more about what the City is doing to maintain a healthy program environment and what participants (or their Parents/Guardians, if applicable) should do before participating in the PRCR program for which you have registered.
COVID-19 is a highly contagious and novel viral agent. Its transmission vectors are imperfectly understood, and it may be possible to transmit or become infected by COVID-19 despite strict adherence to guidelines prescribed by the CDC and other federal, state, and local health agencies.
Participants in Raleigh Parks programs will be in a group setting where they may come into contact with other program participants (instructors, coaches, campers, camp counselors, camp program staff, and camp program administrators, etc.). Many program activities will be conducted in a public community center setting. As a result, while PRCR Department staff will make reasonable efforts to adhere to the above-stated guidelines, participants in PRCR programs may be exposed to increased risk of transmission or infection of COVID-19 through various actions or interventions, including but not limited to contact with or proximity to one or more of the following:
Other program participants, staff members, or administrators;
The personal belongings of program participants, staff members, or administrators;
Programming and activity materials including, but not limited to, markers, books, games, toys, recreational equipment, etc.; and;
City of Raleigh community center fixtures and furnishings, including door knobs, chairs, tables, plumbing apparatus, light switches, etc.
I understand that participating in the recreational program selected involves risk of injury or illness. These risks include, but are not limited to, inclement weather, accidents while traveling, food related illness, equipment problems or failures, contact with and actions of other participants, spectators, and volunteers, slips/trips/falls, musculoskeletal injuries, exposure to and illness from infectious diseases, and any and all risks described in the preceding section. I choose for myself or for my child to participate in the selected programs despite the risks. By signing below, I acknowledge all risks of injury, illness, death, and property damage, and affirm that I have assumed all responsibility of injury, illness, or death in any way connected with participation in the program. I also agree for myself and for any child participant to follow all rules and procedures of the program and to follow the reasonable instructions of the counselors, staff members, and supervisors of the program.
Pictures or video may be taken of participants at this Program for use in Dorothea Dix Park publicity. By registering for the Program, I hereby grant the City of Raleigh and the Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy permission to use my likeness in a photograph, video, or other digital media (“photo”) in any and all of their publications, including web-based publications and digital platforms, without payment or other consideration. I hereby irrevocably authorize the City of Raleigh and the Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy to edit, alter, copy, exhibit, publish, or distribute these photos for any lawful purpose.
I have read this release thoroughly and understand that by registering for this program I am waiving legal rights. If I am registering a minor for the Program, I agree that I am a parent, legal guardian, or am otherwise responsible for the minor whose application I am submitting and that I affirm consent on behalf of that minor.
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