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Old 05-18-2008, 10:36 PM
 
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I made my first trip to Pullen Park this afternoon. What a great park. There were lots of people there with their kids. I only saw a portion of the park and I was there too early on a Sunday so the Pool (http://www.raleighnc.gov/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_2_306_209_0_43/http%3B/pt03/DIG_Web_Content/category/Leisure/Parks_and_Facilities/Swimming_Pools/Pullen_Aquatic_Center/Cat-Index.html - broken link) and amusement rides (Carousel (http://www.raleighnc.gov/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_2_306_209_0_43/http%3B/pt03/DIG_Web_Content/category/Leisure/Parks_and_Facilities/Pullen_Park/Cat-1C-2008402-173847-Chavis_Carousel.html - broken link) & Train (http://www.raleighnc.gov/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_2_306_209_0_43/http%3B/pt03/DIG_Web_Content/category/Leisure/Parks_and_Facilities/Pullen_Park/Cat-1C-2005308-090933-Pullen_Amusements.html - broken link)) were not open yet. I plan to go back when my niece is in town and will try and post more pictures later showing more of the park and what it has to offer. Here are a few to start it out.

For More Info on Pullen Park:

Pullen Park - Wikipedia
Pullen Park Map (pdf)

Some Pictures of Pullen Park (Pictures Taken on May 18, 2008)

Opie an Andy


Paddle Boats





















Train Tracks (For the Kiddie Train)







Old Caboose



More to come ..............
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Old 05-19-2008, 12:23 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I love this park! Great pics...thanks! Sure brings back memories of my childhood!
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Old 05-19-2008, 06:19 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I'm going to be visiting Raleigh in a few days for the first time, and I was wondering if this was worth checking out. Glad to see that it is. Thanks for the pics! :-)
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Old 05-19-2008, 08:14 AM
 
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Great job as usual, NRG.
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Old 05-19-2008, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Clayton, NC
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It is a really nice park, I think it's a shame I don't hear people talk about it more. When the weather's nice (and nobody's playing at the courts), I sometimes like taking a book behind the tennis courts (facing the paddle boat and river area) and settling down for an hour or two.
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Old 05-19-2008, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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You didn't get the Carousel!

Glad to see the Andy/Opie statue hasn't been vandalized in a while...didn't people used to steal the fishing poles?
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Old 05-19-2008, 09:18 AM
 
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You didn't get the Carousel!
Yeah....I was bummed I couldn't snap a shot of it. It wasn't open yet. Apparently it doesn't open until 1pm on Sundays and I was there at 11am.

I'll make sure I get a picture of it next time I am there!
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Old 05-19-2008, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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It is a really nice park, I think it's a shame I don't hear people talk about it more. When the weather's nice (and nobody's playing at the courts), I sometimes like taking a book behind the tennis courts (facing the paddle boat and river area) and settling down for an hour or two.
Its because the majority move to the burbs and they'd rather stick to their neighborhood than explore their community.
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Old 05-19-2008, 08:56 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Its because the majority move to the burbs and they'd rather stick to their neighborhood than explore their community.
AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!!!!
I couldn't have said it better. The thing that frustrates me sometimes is that people make sweeping statements and judgments about Raleigh by what immediately surrounds them and what they see along the side of the Interstate as they rush to the mall or to work. I suspect that these folks are some of the same folks who always talk about the city not having anything for singles and childless couples.

I wouldn't be shocked to find out that the majority of Raleigh residents (no less Wake County) have never been to this park. What a shame since it's really the only park of its kind in the County. Where else can you find one of the nation's oldest carousels, paddle boats on a lake, a children's train ride, an olympic sized indoor pool, tennis courts, covered picnic pavillions and a playground in one place? It's totally a Raleigh treasure and everyone should make it a priority to see it.

If you are new to Raleigh or thinking about Raleigh as your future home, I highly recommend that you go and explore what the city has to offer inside its Beltline. Within it you will find a charming, intelligent, progressive city with fantastic resources like Pullen Park. You will find historic neighborhoods, independent stores, restaurants, bars and clubs. You will find museums, an IMAX theater, the Performing Arts Center and the State Capital. You will find quirky businesses like Logan's Nursery built in the old train station. You will find a restaurant and gift shop housed in an old Piggly Wiggly grocery. You will find the Rialto theater playing art house movies and serving wine with the show. You will find tens of thousands of college and university students. You will find the creative soul of the city and the promise of greater things to come.
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Old 05-19-2008, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Ellicott City MD
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Glad to see the Andy/Opie statue hasn't been vandalized in a while...didn't people used to steal the fishing poles?
I think the fishing pole theft was just one of the types of vandalism to the statue. There also was a paint ball attack. But yeah, it has been a while. The last report I found was 2004. Police To Step Up Patrols After More 'Andy' Vandalism :: WRAL.com

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I wouldn't be shocked to find out that the majority of Raleigh residents (no less Wake County) have never been to this park.
I think people who are natives of NC have definitely been to Pullen Park; I certainly went there often as a child. People with young children also are generally very aware of it. I think it may be the newcomers without children who are missing it. Check it out! It is beautiful and changes a lot with the seasons.
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