Green Field Construction Group and Extell Development Company proudly celebrated the ribbon cutting of the new carousel as part of a new section of the Long Branch Boardwalk at Pier Village Lofts on Wednesday, July 3rd. The grand opening of the carousel took place on Sunday, July 25th, where the public was invited to celebrate the rebirth of a timeless Jersey Shore tradition. Children and adults alike were invited to ride the whimsical sea-themed carousel while listening to the stylings of Tim McClone and the Shirleys as they performed live music during the event.
The construction of the boardwalk’s new section and amenities, including the carousel’s structure, were overseen by Green Field Construction Group. In addition, Green Field Construction Group is providing the construction of Extell’s Pier Village Lofts, a residential project encompassing the site of the carousel. These efforts are a part of a mass-renovation of the Long Branch Boardwalk. The handcrafted, wooden carousel, housed by a heated, glass enclosure which allows the ride to operate year-round, was produced by The Carousel Works of Mansfield, Ohio, features both traditional horses painted with the Jersey shore in mind, as well as aquatic animals for a total of 46 seats, including two wheelchair-accessible chariots that boast two seats each.
Long Branch Mayor John Pallone cut the ribbon to this classic boardwalk ride alongside Extell’s Richard Coleman, Yuri Miller, Moishe Botnick, and the Extell Sales team; members of the Long Branch Public Works, and Green Field Construction Group’s Sharon Flynn, Tara Cuddyer, and Kyle Lewis. In a speech, Mayor Pallone praised the carousel, saying, “Today is a great day for the City of Long Branch with the reopening of this portion of the boardwalk… It’s a major destination for both residents and visitors.”
According to Michael Tennyson, Founder and CEO of Green Field Construction Group, “It’s wonderful to be a part of something so amazing and nostalgic. I’d like that thank Extell for choosing us be a part of this project, and I hope people can enjoy all that we’ve done here for years to come”. The 245 condominium residences of The Lofts Pier Village, as well as other projects, were built around the carousel, making the timeless structure appear as though it’s been there forever, and for years to come.