Anticipation was high leading up to the Grand Opening of the Greenway Carousel on Labor Day weekend. Now that construction crews have receded, the new yellow and white capped custom carousel is clearly visible and open within the tree-covered park area, renamed the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove. Pushing the red button for the first public ride was Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Ms. Amalie Kass, lead donor for the carousel. Also speaking at the event was Georgia Murray, Rose F. Kennedy Greenway Conservancy Board Chair. The amusement ride is located in the Wharf District Parks between Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Christopher Columbus Park, adjacent to the Harbor Islands Pavilion and Armenian Heritage Park on the Greenway.
Children lined up for the first rides on the new carousel complete with local custom-made characters and carnival music. Instead of horses, the Greenway Carousel features native Massachusetts animal figures such as lobsters, whales, foxes and skunks. With moving wings, the butterflies seemed popular with the kids. Notably, the carousel is inclusive and designed to accommodate those with physical or sensory disabilities. Music includes traditional children’s songs by Raffe with varieties extending to the Star Wars theme and even the Dropkick Murphys.
Hours are 11:00 am – 9:00 pm daily through Halloween and weekends through December. Tickets are $3 per ride. For more information, see rosekennedygreenway.org/carousel.
Shown below are photos from the opening ceremonies of the Greenway Carousel.
Photos by Matt Conti