Renovated Pullen Park reopens Saturday

Posted November 15, 2011

— Pullen Park near downtown Raleigh will reopen Saturday after nearly two years of renovations.

The city said Tuesday that it plans to mark the event with a ceremony and ribbon cutting, beginning at 2 p.m., that will include remarks by Mayor Charles Meeker and other city officials.

The park's 124-year-old amusement center has been closed since December 2009 so that workers could give an estimated $6 million overhaul to the carousel house, welcome center, concessions building and restroom.

Other site improvements include a new entrance, event spaces, playground, underground utilities and picnic shelters.

The park's lake, Lake Howell, was also drained and dredged for regular lake maintenance, and workers installed a new boat dock with a new apron and geothermal energy system for the lake.

More than 1 million people visited the park in 2009, and 500,000 rode the carousel, miniature train and other rides.

Pullen Park is the 91st most visited park in the United States, according to the Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence.


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  • Frank Downtown Nov 18, 2011

    Alot of history in that park. Pullen owned all the land that is now NCSU, Centenial Campus and the Fair Grounds. He gave the land to the State to create the first state A and T university. Pullen Park was her personal estate that he gave to the city upon his death.

  • nymamiyankee Nov 17, 2011

    I lived in Phoenix for a few years...they had an excellent city park named Encanto Park...beautiful..had small "canals" for paddle boats, tennis courts, basketball, a golf course, swings/playground equipment and a small amusement park area...

  • Sarge Nov 17, 2011

    "...bigger park the Dix Park idea"

    you're right, the last thing we need is another shopping center!

  • dwntwnboy Nov 17, 2011

    The fact that they have to have a shuttle to move folks from a parking lot down the street to the park speaks to the fact we need a bigger park the Dix Park idea!! Pullen is a wonderful park and can't wait for it to open, but the city needs more green space. Even on a non-event weekend, Pullen is overcrowded and cars parked all over the sides of the streets creating dangers for pedestrians and motorists alike. They have been testing the train out and I keep hearing the whistle blow- a warm sound that I've missed the last couple of years.

  • Xscout577 Nov 16, 2011

    Good new is once in a while is nice, isn't it?

  • itsmyownopinion Nov 16, 2011

    I've logged a lot of hours in that park with my daughter. When she comes home from New York City for Thanksgiving, I think I'll drive her down there for old times sake. :)

  • Chairman of the Bored Nov 16, 2011

    This was one bond that was well worth it.

  • John Q Public Nov 15, 2011

    That park will be pristine! Can't wait.

  • jeffdewitt Nov 15, 2011

    Great news, Pullen is a wonderful old park, the City of Raleigh should be proud of it. I'm looking forward to my next visit!

  • mmtlash Nov 15, 2011

    Will be nice to have it back open! Definately a Raleigh landmark!