#TBT On a hot June Thursday, we are throwing back to the 1930’s today and the swimming pool at Pullen Park. Pullen Park was the first public park in North Carolina. Once farmland, Richard Stanhope Pullen donated the land in 1887 as a gift to the City of Raleigh to be used as a park. Mr. Pullen built the city’s first swimming pool adjacent to the artificial lake in 1891, which was initially used exclusively by men. It later opened to women. The pool facility was completely rebuilt in the 1930’s. In 1992, the old pool was replaced by the Pullen Aquatic Center. The site of the original pool is now the plaza near the restored Danzel carousel. Happy Thursday!