850 - Carousel

City of East Providence FY2024 Budget Summary (photo courtesy East Provdence Post)

Who we are:

The Crescent Park Looff Carousel was built in 1895 and is considered a National Historic Landmark. The carousel, which is managed under the Recreation Department, has had approximately 1.6 million riders in the 116 years since it was built. The carousel is managed via a carousel manager/clerk and the Carousel Park Commission which consists of 20 residents, to include a member of the city council selected by the council; two members from each of the four wards of the city, nominated by the council person from each ward; two members nominated by the council person at-large; one member at-large nominated by the mayor or his representative; a member of the historic properties designation and study commission appointed by majority vote of the council and the superintendent of schools or his representative; and five alternate members appointed by majority vote of the council to be designated as the first, second and third alternate members.

What we do:

The Crescent Park Looff Carousel operates on weekends offering children and adults a traditional fun-filled, brass ring-grabbing ride. Featured at separate location is the Carousel shop, where visitors can purchase posters, T-shirts, figurines and more. The Looff Carousel also hosts events such as the Great Pumpkin Festival, Food & Wine Pairing, car shows, Movies in the Park and Sensory Friendly Days.