Woodhaven Hails Reopening Of Forest Park Carousel
For more than three years, the Woodhaven Residents Block Association (WRBA) has fought to make the carousel at Forest Park operational again.
These efforts have finally paid off with the announcement of the city Department of Parks and Recreation’s announcement that a concessionaire to operate the carousel has been found.
New York Carousel Entertainment LLC will operate both the Forest Park Carousel and the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Carousel. Woodhaven's carousel is expected to be running again by Memorial Day.
“The carousel is part of our community’s identity. We couldn’t be happier that the Parks Department has done the right thing—something we’ve requested for years—and gotten a deal done so that our community can enjoy it again,” said WRBA President Edward K. Wendell. “The ride is a beautiful work of art, a historic specimen that embodies our community’s heritage, and a form of entertainment that has amused generations of Woodhaven residents. We’re overjoyed to have it back.”
The Forest Park carousel features a colorful menagerie of horses, tigers, and lions, including some of the last creations hand-carved by artist Daniel Carl Muller more than a century ago. It is also decorated with beautiful paintings depicting settings in Woodhaven and the rest of Queens.
“For a long time, I’ve said that our carousel is the jewel of Forest Park and a treasure that deserves better than the treatment it has received the last few years. Finally, we have a concessionaire who promises to restore it to its former glory,” said Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation Executive Director Maria Thomson. This is a real victory—not just for the people of Woodhaven, but for all of New York City. Our Forest Park Carousel is back for everyone to enjoy.”