Horse Play

Photographs by Garvin Burke
Above: A sneak peek at the Nissen Carousel, crafted in wood by renowned Ohio-based Carousel Works, designers of more than forty-five unique carousels around the country. The carousel includes thirty hand-carved and additional hand-painted imagery of animals and plants indigenous to the area.

As soon as ground was broken on the Brownstein/Selkowitz Pavilion about two years ago, word spread about the carousel that would be housed within. And with each added delay, expectations only mounted. Well, the wait has been worth our patience. The pavilion, which also includes the Osman Patio and the Rich Pantry, will open its doors May 13 (noon–5 p.m.) with a weekend celebration—think crafts, music, glitter tattoos, games and a Mother’s Day Brunch. For $2 ride tickets, brunch reservations and more information about spring and summer activities, visit

Also included in the carousel is this fully accessible chariot, with hand-painted scenes of Mill River Park and Twin Meadows Playground
A detail of one of the horse saddles, showing hand-painted renditions of animals that form part of the Mill River habitat.
The pavilion weeks before opening. Retractable walls facing the park, here shown before glass panels are installed, can be opened and closed as needed, allowing for year-round operation.



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