Crescent Park Carousel
700 Bullocks Point Ave, Riverside, RI
Carousel Park Commission Office
610 Waterman Avenue
East Providence, RI 02914
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We are now booking events for the 2014 season;
please contact our business office at 401-435-7518
for more information and to reserve your special day.
Take a look at our new schedule for October!
A lot fun things happening!
October 3rd open 4 to 8pm Sensory Friendly Day. We will run the Carousel without the organ.
October 4th open noon to 8pm with the Classic Car “Cruise Night” joining us around 3pm.
October 5th open noon to 6pm with a Cacoila Cook Off from noon to 3pm. Come sample the local talent and let us know who you think is the best! Wrist Bands are $3.00 each and includes a ride on the carousel.
October 10th open 4pm to 8pm come out and join us as the wonderful Carousel staff dress as their favorite Disney Character! Come dressed as your favorite Disney character and stay for a Movie in the Park. This will be our last movie of the season!
October 11th Open Noon to 8pm
October 12th Open noon to 6pm
October 13th Open Noon to 6pm
October 19th Please join us for 2nd Annual Great Townie Pumpkin. Giant Pumpkin Contest, Pumpkin Pie Contest, Scarecrow Contest, Free Hay Rides, Bouncy House for the Kids, Craft Vendors, Food Vendors and the Carousel will be open from 10am to 2pm.
October 24th open 4pm to 8pm The Carousel will begin its Halloween celebration! You don’t want to miss it.
October 25th the Carousel will be open noon to 8pm and is sponsoring in part with the East Providence Arts Council for A Halloween Fun Night. The festivities kick off at 3pm with various games and activities including face painting! At 6:45 there will be a Zombie March from Riverside Square to the Carousel and a Costume Dance Party upstairs at the American Legion on Willett Ave. This is a fun filled event open to all! Come out for some good old fashion family fun!!
October 26th will be our last day of the 2014 Season! Please come out and take one last ride before we close our doors for the winter!
The Food & Wine Committee and the Carousel Commission would like to thank everyone who attended or supported with donations to this years Food & Wine Pairing making it the Carousels most successful event in recent years!! Mark your calendar for next years event to be held on September 17, 2015!!
First Morning Light. Photo Courtesy of Ernie Germani
Photo courtesy of Kelly Sobreiro
Movies in the Park are BACK!!
Summer Dates Post Soon!!
Bring your lawn chair or blanket and join us for some fun! Movies begin at dusk and are weather permitting.
Check this out just for fun....
The Crescent Park Carousel
By The Numbers
The ride is 50 feet in diameter
The building is 100 feet in diameter
The ride is 157 feet in circumference
One ride is thirty revolutions which means the ride
travels approximately 0.9 miles (4710 feet)
In one hour, the ride travels 9 miles (47100 feet)
or in one day, the ride travels 71.4 miles
The average season is 100 days so the ride would
travel 7136 miles (over 37 million feet)
In the 116 years of operation, the ride has gone 33
times around the Earth or 3.3 times to the Moon!
And with an annual average rider ship of 100,000
The Crescent Park Carousel has rode
11.6 million Riders.
And still counting.....
The Crescent Park Carousel was built in 1895 by Charles I.D. Looff, one of the earliest and foremost carousel designers. The Crescent Park Carousel is nationally recognized as a true masterpiece of wood sculpture. Originally built as a showcase for prospective buyers, it is the largest and most elaborate of Looff's works. The Carousel contains 62 beautifully hand carved figures and four fanciful chariots. Overall richness of effect was Looff's trademark and the Crescent Park Carousel gives full interpretation to that spirit. Elaborate embellishments of decorative panels, beveled mirrors, faceted glass jewels, electric lights, colored sandwich glass windows and its original band organ music surround flying steeds to create Looff's "Total Carousel Experience."
Saved in the 1970's by a handful of residents, the Crescent Park Carousel was placed on the National Register of Historic sites and places in 1976. In 1985, the Rhode Island General Assembly proclaimed the Carousel as the State Jewel of American Folk Art and in 1987, the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, designated the Carousel as a National Historic Landmark.
Restore the Magic, Preserve the Tradition, Support the Carousel
Volunteers are always welcome for Carousel Fundraising Events. If interested, please call the Carousel Commission office at 435-7518.
"Winter's Magic" by Lynn Sevigny
Now available at the Carousel Gift Shop Located at City Hall. For more information please call 401-435-7518.
For information regarding why the Carousel was closed clicked below.
The work is finished!
The carousel gear replacement, for more information click here.