The Greenway Carousel at The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove officially opened to the public on August 31, 2013 - three years after the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy began a collaborative process to design and build a one-of-a-kind carousel for Boston. The Greenway Carousel is now a lively addition to The Rose Kennedy Greenway, a mile-and-a-half of contemporary parks in the heart of Boston.
The Greenway Carousel is located between the Armenian Heritage Park to the north and the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion to the south, across from Faneuil Hall and Christopher Columbus Park on the Greenway.
The Greenway Carousel features 14 different characters native to the land, sea and sky of Massachusetts including a sea turtle, a cod, a peregrine falcon, a grasshopper, a harbor seal, a fox, a skunk, a whale, three types of butterflies, a barn owl, and a sea serpent. The characters were inspired by the drawings of Boston school children and fabricated by Newburyport, Massachusetts artist Jeff Briggs. There are a total of 36 seats on the Greenway Carousel, considered New England’s most accessible carousel for adults and youth with physical or auditory disabilities. The gardens in The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove that surround the Greenway Carousel create a beautiful, welcoming environment with four season plantings, comfortable seating and filtered shade.
This project was made possible with the generous support from several dozen donors, including lead donor Amalie Kass, as well as individuals and foundations, including a $1.5 M gift from Tiffany & Co. Foundation for the landscaping. Additional support was provided by businesses and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Private donations amount to 95% of the total project costs.
The Conservancy conducted an extensive public process through agency reviews as well as public meetings. A multi-disciplinary design team was engaged to complete this project including: Reed Hilderbrand for Landscape Architecture and site design, Patrick Cullina for the Urban Horticulture design, Carousels and Carvings for the carousel fabrication and Jeff Briggs of Briggs Design as the carousel artist and sculptor. Commodore Builders was the General Contractor and ValleyCrest: Landscape Construction was the landscape construction subcontractor.
Construction began in March 2013 and the Greenway Carousel opened to the public on Saturday, August 31, 2013.