The first public park in North Carolina
Pullen Park holds the distinct honor of being the first public park in North Carolina. Situated between Western Blvd, Hillsborough St, Ashe Av and North Carolina State University, the park was founded by Richard Stanhope Pullen on March 22, 1887, and is spread over an area of a whopping 66.4 acres. The founder intended the land to be used for recreational purposes and for the pleasure of the inhabitants and visitors to the City of Raleigh. Fast forward to the present, the founder can rest well in his grave knowing that the park truly serves its purpose. The park features a litany of attractions and it is an ideal place for a family outing as it has numerous picnic areas. Additionally, the park also boasts of amenities such as various playground equipment for children of all ages, lighted tennis courts, ball fields, picturesque paths, and bridges. It also helps that there are paddle boats in the park lake. The park is also widely renowned for its major attractions: Aquatic Center, Arts Center, and Theatre in the Park. Other parks: Historic Yates Mill County Park.
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Let´s talk about the features and facilities of Pullen Park. Completed in 1992, the Pullen Aquatic Center boasts of an Olympic size swimming pool, an outdoor patio, a mezzanine with spectator seating, and a warm water therapy pool. Of course, it also has state-of-the-art locker room facilities. Meanwhile, the Pullen Arts Center, as its name suggests, offers art classes primarily pertaining to jewelry-making, painting, pottery, weaving, glass arts, and printmaking. This particular center is well-equipped with extensive studios and has experts and instructors to aid both the accomplished artist and the novice. The Theatre in the Park is an internationally acclaimed indoor theatre facility and boasts of several features including administrative offices, costume shop, a season member lounge, dressing rooms, and technical workshop etc. Both you and your child can also enjoy the several rides the park has on offer. The kiddie boats are only intended for small children though; they circle in a small pool at a leisurely pace. Fortunately, you can take full advantage of the paddle boats; they are available for rental by the half hour and can accommodate up to four people each. It is also possible for both you and your child to take a ride on the miniature train. The train goes through a tunnel and around the park. There is also a carousel in the park that contains 52 hand-carved basswood animals, 18 large gilded mirrors, 2 chariots, and 18 canvas panels. Unfortunately, this antique ride is often closed for repairs. However, it is truly worth its weight in gold when it is in good working condition. In fact, many even consider it to be the park´s most popular attraction.