ECHOES OF SUMMER: THE LIVES AND TIMES OF CRESCENT PARK.

DVD_CrescentParkEchoesOfSummer[DVD: Cable TV of East Providence, Inc. – 1989 – 60 mins]. Crescent Park (Riverside, Rhode Island) was founded by Charles Boyden in 1886. In this documentary programme we learn of the many difficulties the park faced across nine decades: financial problems, pollution, fires, and numerous changes of ownership. We also see the various rides and attractions through the years including the wooden roller coaster. Crescent Park closed for good in 1979; a victim of falling attendance due to changing tastes and attitudes. However, the story doesn’t end there. We see how a few locals united to save the 1895 Charles I.D. Looff carousel, which still operates today. ANDY SHINE SAYS: An interesting programme full of facts and tales about a lost park. A well presented documentary. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.