The Forest Park Carousel opened up for the 2013 season on March 23. My daughter enjoyed riding it and it was inexpensive. The operators were very friendly. The only problem was there were no public restrooms to use.
I had taken my daughter to Dry Harbor Playground on Myrtle Avenue earlier. When we had to go to the bathroom both public restrooms located in the building that used to house the play school were locked, so we decided to walk down to the part of Forest Park where the carousel is located. I said to myself, the bathrooms have to be open since this is opening day for the carousel. Well, I was wrong; both the men’s and ladies’ rooms were locked and so was the park ranger’s office.
After we rode the carousel, the operators told me the Parks Department knew they were opening that day so he didn’t understand why the restrooms were not open. Ed Wendell of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association and others fought so hard to reopen the carousel and urged people to bring their children there. Without open restrooms, I don’t know many parents who would want to go there. Small children and adults need to use the bathroom when they are out for the day.
Not only were the park bathrooms locked, the Gulf gas station on the corner of Woodhaven Boulevard and Myrtle Avenue has a sign on the door: No Restroom. My daughter and I could not find one until we got to Five Guys Burgers on Woodhaven. Thank God both of us could wait.
This can’t be standard for all public parks because the restrooms are open all year round in Flushing Meadows Park. If my daughter wants to ride a carousel I will take her there. I won’t be going back to Forest Park’s. What a shame after the fight to get it back in business.