More Rides Expected to Join Carousel in Forest Park

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska on March 27, 2014 4:53pm 

 The popular Forest Park Carousel is reopening on March 29 just in time for spring.
The popular Forest Park Carousel is reopening on March 29 just in time for spring.
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QUEENS — More rides are expected to come to Forest Park in upcoming years, joining the popular Forest Park Carousel, which is reopening this weekend just in time for spring, its operator said Thursday.

The carousel will begin the new season on Saturday, March 29, at 11 a.m. and will remain open on weekends during sping.

“We are opening and we are excited for a great season,” said Ami Abramson, director of NY Carousel.

The ride will operate daily during spring break (April 12-22) and then after Memorial Day weekend, according to the carousel’s website.

Abramson said that he is “making plans to add additional rides to Forest Park" by 2015.

The historic carousel, which was landmarked last year, reopened in May 2012, after years of neglect. It is currently operated by NY Carousel, which also runs Fantasy Forest at the Flushing Meadows Carousel.

The hand-carved ride, which is more than 100 years old, has been in the park since the 1970s. The original Forest Park carousel burned down in 1966. The current carousel was moved to Queens in 1973 from Massachusetts, where it had been carved in 1903.

A single ride costs $3.

A Parks Department spokesman said that the operator is contractually allowed to add more rides.

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