Raleigh, N.C. — A $6.3 million renovation at Raleigh's premier park is paying off for the city. Since reopening in November, Pullen Park has brought in about $725,000 in ticket sales alone.
Before the facelift, the 66-acre park averaged between $500,000 and $600,000 per year in ticket sales, concessions and shelter rentals. Ticket prices have remained the same.
Michael Dantonio has been visiting the park for nearly three decades – first with his own children, now with his grandchildren.
"It's more fun coming as a grandparent, and the park is a lot nicer," he said.
The park now features a climate-controlled carousel house, updated playground, new train and handicap access.
"(It) seems very kid friendly, stroller friendly," said mother Kelli Hemmerlein. "(There are) nice ramps. Everyone can walk around."
Park officials say the renovation, which took about two years to complete, brought the grounds into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Bob Sherman said the park is a big summertime attraction for his family.
"It's great. We come about every other week or every third week," he said. "(It's) absolutely worth it. It's awesome."