Historic Carousel and Koret Childrens Quarter Golden Gate Park

3 carousels have been in Golden Gate Park near the Koret Children’s Quarter since the playground opened. The current carousel was built in 1914

Generations of San Franciscans (and young visitors from around the world!) have fond memories of the children’s playground and carousel in Golden Gate Park’s southeast corner. The playground, called the Sharon Quarters for Children when it opened in 1888, is thought to have been the nation’s first public playground.

In that era, the idea of providing a dedicated space solely for youth recreation was groundbreaking. With generous support from the Koret Foundation, the playground underwent a major renovation and reopened in 2007 as the Koret Children’s Quarter, retaining the park’s popular concrete slides.

A charming 1914 Herschell-Spillman Company Carousel offers rides to the young and young-at-heart.


Info provided by SF Rec and Park Department

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