SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – The Fourth of July will be the last day families can enjoy Kiddie Park at its current location on Broadway at East Mulberry. After more than 90 years, the ferris wheel cages, the carousel, the little boats and planes are moving to the San Antonio Zoo.
Kiddie Park Carousel on Broadway at E. Mulberry/KTSA Photo by Elizabeth Ruiz
“My favorite ride is the merry-go-round,” said one little girl. “I like the zebra,” said her friend. The ferris wheel also is a favorite.
“I remember when I was 4-years-old, I got stuck at the very top of the ferris wheel. Everybody in the cage with me was screaming, but I was fine. I was having a blast,” recalled Debbie Brauchle.
As a nanny, Brauchle now takes children under her care to Kiddie Park for a fun time. She’s going to miss the current location.
“I think it’s going to be real hard for people who are locals because Kiddie Park is a San Antonio tradition. You know, change is hard,” Brauchle told KTSA News, but she understands the reasons for the move. Parking has become even more of a problem since Shake Shack opened next door.
Faith Ozuna and her husband take their 1-year-old son to the park. She’s glad that they have small rides her child can enjoy.
“I came here as a kid. It brings a lot of great memories to me,” she said as she watched her young son on the ride. “He really loves airplanes. Being able to ride one really excites him,” she said.
Kiddie Park will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 pm Thursday, July 4th, for the last time on Broadway at East Mulberry.
The park invites everyone to “make lasting memories with your family with rides, games and face painting.”
No word on when Kiddie Park will open at the San Antonio Zoo.