Pullen Park was founded on March 22, 1887 by Richard Stanhope Pullen. Once farm land, Mr. Pullen donated the land as a gift to the City of Raleigh to be used as park land. He characterized it as on old cow pasture, red and rocky. He intended this land to be used for the recreation use and pleasure of the inhabitants and the visitors to the City of Raleigh. Through his visions, Pullen Park became the first public park in North Carolina.