I saw on Facebook that some friends of mine were over at the Crescent Park Looff Carousel in Riverside the other day, and I'm so excited to see that it's back open again!
It was closed down for close to three years because of structural issues. The carousel is built on sand, and it started sinking into the ground. The problem became so bad the structure was swaying back and forth so they shut it down.
Thanks to funding secured by the East Providence City Council and the Crescent Park Carousel Preservation Association the necessary repairs needed to stabilized it were done by putting down giant blocks of concrete.
On Saturday the carousel opened at 30% capacity and around 1000 people showed up to ride! NBC 10 reports that more repairs will be done next fall so that riders can access more of the horses.
At $2 a ticket the vintage ride, which was built in 1895 by Charles I.D. Looff, is pretty affordable considering the price of everything else these days.
The carousel will be open Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6:00 PM now through Columbus Day.
Source: NBC 10