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.
The Carousel is closed for the season!!
Photo taken by Janet Godet. Thank you for sharing!
First Morning Light. Photo Courtesy of Ernie Germani
Photo courtesy of Kelly Sobreiro
If you love the music at the Carousel we need your help!!
The Carousel Preservation will be collecting donations during the 2012-2013 season to restore the Ruth and Sohn (model 38) band organ. All donations collected during Movies in the Park will go directly to the 2012-13 Organ Restoration Project. You may also donate to the project directly any time during the 2012-2013 season and you will be able to monitor our progress as we will keep the community updated every step of the way. For more information contact the business office at 401-435-7518. Or if you are at the Carousel speak with Ed Serowik, Jr. Carousel Manager or Ed Serowik, Sr. the Carousel’s historian for more restoration information. Thank you for your continued support!
Movies in the Park are BACK!!
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.