My invite to the Greenway Carousel Media Pre-Opening last week must have gotten lost in the mail. Old grudges die hard, I guess. The price tag is now over $3 million for the custom carousel and The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove. I’ll dare ask how many Tiffany public restrooms that would have bought because there are still none on the Greenway. Anyway, thank you to all those that sent over the release and especially to Phil Orlandella who shared these photos from the event.
Instead of traditional horses, the carousel characters include a lobster, cod, fox, skunk, squirrel, harbor seal, sea turtle, rabbit, barn owl, sea serpent, whale, peregrine falcon and a grasshopper to match the top of Faneuil Hall’s weathervane. Newburyport sculptor Jeff Briggs created the characters from the inspirations of Boston school children. A food truck is also expected to be located on the park.
According to the media release, the (formerly anonymous?) lead donor, Ms. Amalie Kass will be on hand for the grand opening on Saturday, August 31st, 10:00 am for the ribbon cutting and inaugural ride.
General hours will be daily 11:00 am – 9:00 pm through Halloween and then weekends through December. Admission is $3 per ride.
More information on the project from the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway Conservancy can be found at rosekennedygreenway.org.
Photos by Phil Orlandella.