The Greenway Carousel, which includes seating for 36, is New England’s most accessible merry-go-round for people with physical or auditory disabilities, according to McCabe. For example, Briggs designed the seal to support individuals with back ailments. The conservancy partnered with a non-profit organization called the Institute for Human Centered Design to ensure the carousel accommodates people with a variety of disabilities.
Carousels and Carvings, a Marion, Ohio, company, built the carousel frame (including the motor, turntable and flooring). In addition to the animals, Briggs made all of the other decorative elements, including the central housing walls and panels at the top of the carousel. Nearly all of the $3 million project, including surrounding landscaping, was funded by private donations.
The Greenway Carousel is a big draw to the Rose Kennedy Greenway. According to the conservancy, 853,000 people visited the parks in 2013, up 20 percent from the previous year. “With a carousel it’s obvious that people enjoy it,” says Briggs. “Everyone, all ages, turns into a seven-year old, and it’s just a delight to witness.”