Pullen Park readies for reopening

Posted November 17, 2011

New conductors learn to drive the train at Pullen Park on Nov. 9.

— Crews on Thursday were putting the final touches on Pullen Park near downtown Raleigh in preparation for its reopening ceremony on Saturday.

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 city will hold a ceremony and ribbon cutting, beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, that will include remarks by Mayor Charles Meeker and other city officials.

"I think I'm most excited about the children coming back," said Richard Costello, director of Lakes and Amusements for the city's Parks and Recreation Department. "We have a new playground. The train is completely refurbished. The carousel looks wonderful." 

Get more details on the grand opening ceremony

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.

Pullen Park carousel Renovated Pullen Park reopens Saturday

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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  • dwntwnboy Nov 18, 2011

    One of the shining treasures of our area- my grandmother (now 91) used to ride the carosel as a child when they came to raleigh.

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  • westernwake1 Nov 17, 2011

    Awesome! One of my favorite parks to go to with the kids.