BOSTON (CBS) — The Greenway Carousel, a long-awaited attraction at the Rose Kennedy Greenway, opened with fanfare on Saturday, with Mayor Tom Menino and a throng of families on hand.

The carousel features whimsical sculptures by Newburyport-based artist Jeff Briggs of Briggs Design. Rather than traditional ponies, Briggs created an assortment of Bay State-themed sculptures for carousel riders that includes lobsters, sea turtles and rabbits.

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Menino, who pushed the button to start the first ride on the carousel, said the attraction brought back memories of his childhood. “It’s fabulous!” the Boston mayor said, adding “it’s an inclusive carousel” accessible to children and others with disabilities.

Private donations funded 95 percent of the carousel project including a $1.5 million donation from the Tiffany & Co. Foundation. The operator of the carousel is Greenway Carousel Entertainment LLC, which is a joint venture with NY Carousel Entertainment LLC. The New York-based company operates two carousels in New York City.

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The carousel, which is in the Greenway between Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Christopher Columbus Park, will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Columbus Day. From Nov. 1 to New Year’s Eve, the attraction will be open on weekends during hours yet to be determined, according to

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports

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The cost to take a spin on the Greenway Carousel is $3 per ride or a book of 10 tickets for $25.