|Menlo Park Carousel|
|Lenape Park Covered Bridge|
Lenape Park has a historic covered bridge. The bridge was built in 1832 and spanned the nearby Perkiomen Creek. It was the second covered bridge in Bucks County. In 1958, when the covered bridge was to be replaced with a modern one, it was moved a few hundred feet into Lenape Park.
Lenape Park also has a beautiful white pedestrian bridge spanning the Perkiomen Creek in two spans meeting on an island in the middle of the stream.
But, Menlo Park was once an amusement park consisting of the whip, dodgem, fun house, and kiddie rides. It also had a roller rink, bowling alleys, casinos, and a bath house. It had a water slide, a figure-eight coaster, and a toboggan ride.
And it had the carousel.
In the Spring of 1892, the carousel was purchased for a price of $5,500 and opened to the public. It was steam-powered and had hand-carved wooden horses.
For the first 4 years, the carousel was operated under a tent in the summer, then dismantled and stored away for the winter. In 1895, a building was built to house it.
The swimming pools consisted of a 10-foot deep pool for swimming and diving, and a 3-foot deep kiddie pool. There was also a larger pool for "water coasting".
The water slide was about 25 feet tall. One or two people would sit on a "sled" to go down the slide into a pool where they would skip across the water.
|Model of the Toboggan|
In 1926, Henry Wilson became the owner of Menlo Park.
In 1951, the original carousel was sold to Lakeview Amusement Park in Royersford, Pa., and a cast aluminum one was purchased from the Allen Herschell Company to replace it. The new carousel was a "portable" model that consisted of 36 cast aluminum horses and 2 chariots.
In 1955, the Borough of Perkasie purchased the park from Mr. Wilson for the price of $115,000. Mr. Maurice Neinkin, a clothing manufacturer in town, donated $25,000 of this for the "children of Perkasie".
Today, the carousel and the original building housing it still stand. The Perkasie Historical Society opens the carousel to the public several times each year.
|Lenape Park Sign||Pedestrian Bridge||Pedestrian Bridge|
|Bowling Alleys||Casinos||Steam Launch and Toboggan - 1909|
|Water Slide||Model of Slide||Caliope|
|Carousel||Sharon, Shelli, Nelle|