Does Boston's Big Dig ring a bell? Designed to depress the Central Artery, an ugly elevated highway that sliced through the heart of the city, the massive project generated some unwanted buzz and ended up depressing taxpayers and government officials when it went a wee bit over budget. But hey, it was the world's largest construction project at the time, so what's a few gazillion dollars here or there?
After the Big Dig rerouted traffic underground and the elevated highway was removed, the land was transformed into the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway
, a lush, 15-acre collection of parks that stretches about a mile from the North End to Chinatown. It's filled with gardens, plazas, fountains, food trucks, and other things to discover, and is a great conduit to travel between neighborhoods by foot or to just take a respite.
In warmer weather, visitors to the Greenway have been able to hop aboard a carousel. Up until this year, it had been a traveling model like you would find at a carnival, but work has begun on a permanent ride. Set to open on Labor Day Weekend, the Greenway Carousel will feature a distinctly Boston design. In place of traditional horses, the whimsical attraction's menagerie will include lobsters, whales, harbor seals, cod, and other regional creatures. It will also offer a skunk, although I'm guessing that may not be the most coveted seat. (Perhaps it should be reserved for representatives of the construction company that oversaw the Big Dig debacle.) The ride will be part of the Greenway's new $3 million Carousel Park, which will include trees, flowers, and benches.
Slated to open Labor Day Weekend, 2013
$3 per ride
Photos: Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy