Also, there is another "central park" just east of downtown in Chavis Park. It has a merry-go-round, playground, swimming pool, tennis courts, ball fields, etc. It has room for plenty of visitors and has great views of downtown.
But it is on the "wrong" side of downtown in Southeast Raleigh, so is never mentioned as a quality urban park already in place. If the parks we already have were overcrowded, a 300+ acre Dix would make sense. But the existance of these twin parks (a byproduct of segregation) is an inconvenient truth "friends" conveniently ignore.
The word Pullen only comes up once in the whole story, and that is in reference to Pullen Lake, which feeds the stream south of Western Blvd. And it doesn't show up at all in V.C. Rodgers's map of the area.
The words "Pullen Park" takes a lot out of the "we need all of Dix to be a park" argument. If Pullen Park was a "playground for the rich" then I would be for preserving all of the Dix campus as a park. But it's not. Children of all ages already enjoy Central Park-like activities including playing on the playground equipment, riding the classic merry-go-round and train, swim in the aquatic center, and (weather permitting) paddle-boat on the afore mentioned lake.
Properly connected to the land provided by the ULI proposal, Pullen-Dix would be better than Pullen and Dix treated as seperate entities.
Keeping state service staff in place will help serve the capitol city, and provide a catalyst to redevelop the surrounding neighborhoods. Keeping all development out could create an expensive Central Park West neighborhood along Lake Wheeler that would be no better than Bedford.
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