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Berry Go Round ride returns to Riverfront Park

UPDATED: Fri., May 25, 2018, 3:53 p.m.

The Berry Go Round amusement ride, photographed Thursday, May 24, 2018, is coming out of retirement in Riverfront Park for the summer. (Will Campbell / The Spokesman-Review)
The Berry Go Round amusement ride, photographed Thursday, May 24, 2018, is coming out of retirement in Riverfront Park for the summer. (Will Campbell / The Spokesman-Review)

The Berry Go Round amusement ride is coming out of retirement in Riverfront Park on Monday.

The ride will cost $2 and is planned to be open for a few weeks, though it could stay for a few months, depending on its popularity, according to a news release.

The giant strawberry ride will be placed at the pond portion of the Skate Ribbon, which will remain open all summer.

Another ride, the Spider, also will return, but it may not be open until the Riverfront Park development project is done, Dickson said.

“Affordable family entertainment is the main focus of the park and we try to provide that in a number of ways,” she said.

All 13 of the amusement rides that previously were mostly housed during the summer under the U.S. Pavillion almost were decommissioned permanently as part of the park’s extensive renovations. But park officials changed their minds and decided to save three of them in response to a campaign to save them by retired Riverfront Park Director Hal McGlathery.

The Berry Go Round and other rides last were in service in the summer 2016, and the cost for them was $4 per ride, Fiana Dickson, Communications manager for Spokane Parks and Recreation said in an email.

The Looff Carrousel, which reopened earlier this month, also costs $2 a ride.


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