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Natural Resources

The Greenbelt’s natural and “Forever Wild” areas support rare habitats such as wetlands, forests, woodlands, meadows, and native rare plant species.  They are accessible through our extensive trail system located in an urban setting. Read more about how this precious resource is managed and cared for.

 

Greenbelt Conservancy is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization. Become a member; support and donate. We thank you.

GIFT IDEA

"High Rock and the Greenbelt: The Making of New York City's Largest Park," Go here to learn more and to purchase a copy.

Carousel is open for the season and available for private parties! The carousel will close for the season on Sunday, October 26!

First ride of the season!  Photo: Andy Cross

Carousel Hours of Operation in 2014

Carousel Opening Day  Celebration is Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 12 noon – 4 pm

Thank you to our opening day sponsor: TD BANK

May, September, October:  Friday – Sunday, 11 am – 5:45 pm

June:  Wednesday – Sunday, 11 am – 5:45 pm

July and August:  SEVEN DAYS OF THE WEEK: 11 am – 5:45 pm

We are open on major holidays including Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day.

A NOTE ABOUT CAROUSEL HOURS OF OPERATION: On occasion the Greenbelt Conservancy may rent the carousel for exclusive all-day functions (Yours, if you wish!) See the rental information below. Also, the carousel may close in response to inclement weather or for mechanical reasons. If you are planning a special trip, you may wish to consider calling ahead. The Carousel telephone number (seasonal only) is 718-477-0605

Rent the carousel for your party or event!

Our fabulous classic Carousel is available to rent for your school, summer camp, community or social event. For details click here or call 1-718-667-2165, ext. 306.

Have your name written in stone!

Engraved walkway pavers are affordable and help support the Carousel For All Children. For details, call the Greenbelt Conservancy at 1-718-667-2165.

Be one of the first to ride the world's finest Victorian Carousel this season and take a spin through Staten Island's history!

About The Carousel for All Children

The carousel spins in a counter clockwise direction; rides last for approximately 2 minutes.

PROVENANCE: The Carousel For All Children is the splendid result of a collaboration between the Greenbelt Conservancy and the City of New York/Department of Parks & Recreation. The office of the Staten Island Borough President provided capital funding for the carousel. The carousel was designed and built between 1997 and 1999 in Mansfield, Ohio by Carousel Works, the only company in North America that creates wooden carousels. According to the artisans, the carousel in Willowbrook Park is the largest and fanciest one they’ve created.

FIGURES: The carousel contains fifty-one hand-carved, colorfully painted figures of traditional wooden carousel horses, mythical beasts and endangered species such as zebras, giraffes, gorillas, a spotted leopard, a mandrill, and panda bears. All figures have glass eyes and built-in saddles for riding. The carousel is illuminated by 540 vibration resistant light bulbs imported from Brazil.

ARTWORK: The carousel’s wooden structure displays forty hand-painted renderings of Staten Island landmarks including the Conference House, High Rock Park, the Tibetan Museum, Martlings Pond, the Vanderbilt Mausoleum, and Horrmann Castle. Leslie Chaffin, an artist employed by Carousel Works in Ohio, painted each scene. Ms. Chaffin worked closely with the Greenbelt Conservancy staff, and referred to color photographs to accurately paint each image.

PAVING STONES: More than eight hundred paving stones, inscribed with names of individuals who donated to the Greenbelt Conservancy’s carousel maintenance fund, can be viewed around the promenade. The maintenance fund will ensure that the carousel will be pristine for years to come. There are Paving Stones available for purchase.  Contact us at (718) 667-2165 for information.

LOCAL CAROUSEL HISTORY: A wooden carousel owned by the Tirelli Family ran on the Midland Beach Boardwalk for approximately 40 years until 1957 when it was sold and dismantled. The Midland and South Beach Boardwalks were popular early 20th century summertime attractions for New York City families, including the Vanderbilts, who “summered” on Staten Island. A large St. Bernard figure that appears on The Carousel For All Children’s outer row is a reproduction of one of the figures that appeared on the Tirelli Carousel in Midland Beach. In addition, one of the paintings that adorn the new carousel depicts a bustling Midland Beach Boardwalk scene of yesteryear.

ACCESSIBILITY: The Carousel For All Children is accessible to all people, including those who have physically challenges. Our staff is available for anyone who requires special assistance.  Designated parking and low curbs are readily available.

Since 1999 the Carousel For All Children has been bringing old-fashioned fun back to Staten Island. Kids of all ages can clamber aboard their favorite hand-carved wooden animal figure and enjoy one of yesteryear’s most popular pastimes in one of the Greenbelt’s loveliest settings.  From May through October the Greenbelt Conservancy is pleased to offer families this enjoyable and affordable experience.  The Carousel is open on major holidays through October. Carousel rides are just $1.50 per person.   Discounted multiple ride vouchers are available for sale at the Carousel ticket booth – $25.00 for 20 rides.

The Carousel is operated by the Greenbelt Conservancy, a not-for-profit organization that works in partnership with NYC Parks.

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