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New Master Plan Proposes Big Changes In Pullen Park

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RALEIGH — At over 100 years old, Pullen Park is one of the oldest amusement parks in the country. Some people think it is time for an update.

The park does not just draw people from the neighborhood; it draws people from all over the region.

That is why planning how this park will look for the next 20 years is important. A citizen's committee is working on a master plan to overhaul the park.

The committee has heard a lot of suggestions for how to improve the park. A basic idea keeps coming up though.

"Probably more playground equipment would be our only suggestion," says parent Carolyn Wilson

"Maybe something like a water park," says Eric Greene, "which my son indicated he'd like to see happen here."

The committee is talking about upgrading the amusement area, the play area, and doing a better job of protecting the carousel, which has been there since the '20s.

The proposed master plan also considers expanding walking trails and possibly even adding a parking deck.

The plan was shown publicly Wednesday night at J.C. Park on Wade Avenue in the Modular Building.

Construction is not expected to start for some time, assuming that it is approved by the Raleigh City Council.


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