Linda Bruno Kelly Talk
about the old days...I was born in Newark and grew up in Union.
In the summer between grammar school and high school, I would take
the number 8 bus from Elizabeth by myself up to Union Center. My
friends and I would meet at the Fannie Farmer candy store on Stuyvesant
Avenue and we would wait for the 94 bus. Mind you we were 13 years
old at the time. Our parents did not fear for our safety. It was
a different time. Somehow, we would sneak into the back of the park
through a hole in the fence. We would utilize that gorgeous swimming
pool and would just have a great day. Sometimes I close my eyes
and wish I could be that 13-year-old again. And let me not forget
the roller-skating rink there. Went many times with the Girl Scouts.
Nancy Skyler Spent many, many wonderful times
there at the park and in the pool. Lived on Springfield Avenue &
17th Avenue. Our mother would make us bag lunches and send us off
on our own to spend the day there. Took the bus up to Irvington
Center and then the crosstown to the park. All on our own. We were
9, 11, and 13.
What fun summer days!!! Other times with our parents and went to
the roller rink, the open-air food and beer garden, the fun house,
the roller coaster, the amusement rides and of course we ended the
day on the magnificent carousel!!!
Alicia Matthews On my 35th birthday I spent it
in Florida with my brother. He shares my birthday. He is 6 years
older. Mom was in a wheelchair, but the carousel is handicap equipped.
So, Mom got to ride on the same carousel as she did as a kid with
her 2 children and all but 1 of her grandchildren. She was so excited.
Walter Perna I have fond memories of Olympic Park.
The Pool, The Circus, The Rides, The Games of Chance or Skill, The
Shooting Gallery, The Concerts, The open-air Food and Beer Garden,
The Merry Go Round, The Roller-Skating Rink. There was something
there for all ages to have fun. Most of all it was affordable for
working class people. Could places like this ever exist again?
Susan Detweiler Rehm I'm proud to say that I rode
that carousel in Olympic Park Irvington\Maplewood NJ back in early
60s and in Disney World Florida in the mid-90s!!!!
Vinnie Lupiano I rode on it many times. I wish
I saved a few of the brass rings.
Alex Bancer I remember going on the wild mouse,
scary! and remember big swimming pool
Teri Corso The Wild Mouse was so scary, you felt
like you would land up in the pool before the car jerked you and
sent you screaming downhill!
Garrett Griggs Had some good times on the carousel
at Olympic Park
Alberto Valdes Almost drowned in the swimming
pool. Also a lot of roller skating. Great times. Not far from where
Claire M Becht-White Olympic Park was great fun.
The pool was huge. We took the 94 bus there many times in the 50's.
So cool that this is in Disney!!!
Allan Howard Whenever I go to Disney, which is
not too often with the cost, I ride on the Carousel takes me back
to a simpler day in Olympic Park.
Beth Haller Schweitzer Loved going to Olympic
Park with my Mother and Aunt Flo!
Had fun on the rides then a hamburger at our favorite place and
finished the evening with the show. Fond memories!
Grace OBrien Rode the Olympic Park Merry-go-Round
many times and was lucky enough to ride it again years ago in Disney
World! Great trip down memory lane!!