Saratoga Springs officials marked the anniversary on June 29, while commemorating the leadership of former Department of Public Works Commissioner Thomas McTygue who saved the antique amusement ride. Current Department of Public Works Commissioner Jason Golub shared that over the last two decades a total of 850,000 rides have taken place at the Congress Park carousel.
“The carousel is part of what makes the city of Saratoga Springs special. It’s a historic treasure for all kids to enjoy,” he said, thanking McTygue for his vision and hard work that made the carousel part of the community. Golub also thanked former Department of Public Works Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco, who passed away earlier this year, for proposing the idea to celebrate McTygue’s contributions to the community with a ceremony.
“I’m so proud of this park,” said McTygue, standing in front of the carousel building, “that we have a beautiful park like this in the center of Saratoga Springs that everybody can continue to enjoy.” The carousel is open daily, weather permitting, from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm through Labor Day weekend. The fare is $1 per ride. From the Saratogian.