I often have people ask me if I ever rode the Carousel at Glen Echo Park as a kid? Unfortunately I did not grow up here and never had the privilidge of riding the carousel. The carousel is the Dentzel Carousel built in 1921. The Park was formed back in 1891 and was used for Arts, science and literature mostly. In the early part of the 1900’s it became an amusement park that most local Washingtonians grew up with until 1968.
The Federal Government took the land over as part of the park service, but in 2002 Montgomery County Maryland took the park back. It has been set up as a non profit organization and still today it remains true to the Arts, science and literature as started in 1891. The park sits perched above the Potomac River.
You can still ride the Dentzel Carousel. It opens in the Spring and runs through the fall. It is scheduled to open May 2, 2009.
Apart from the amusement park Glen Echo Park has so much to offer. From Mid November through January 2009 the Annual Holiday Art Show and Sale will be held in the Popcorn Gallery. The works featured will be from the artists in residence at Glen Echo Park. Admission is free.
In addition to the amusment park and the art gallery, there is a children’s museum and gallery, the Spanish Dance Hall which had a complete renovation. You can reserve the dance hall for special occasions. There are classes you can sign up for in pottery, glass making, you name it you can fill your art indulgence to your hearts content. Glen Echo Calendar of Events.
Many Washingtonians have kept Glen Echo Park memories in their hearts from their childhood years and now they can continue the tradition with their families through their adult years.
You may also contact the Partnership to take many classes, or if you are interested in teaching at the park you may contact them on the website for that information as well. We are lucky to have such a wonderful facility available to us here in Montgomery County and the DC area.