Paddleboats return for new season at Slater Park

Paddleboats return for new season at Slater Park

Helping launch the new paddleboat season last week were, from left, Brian Lally of F&L Legacy Boating, Mayor Don Grebien, City Councilor Terry Mercer, 3-year-old John Arsenault and his aunt Jane Monahan, a city crossing guard.

PAWTUCKET - The popular paddleboat rides that returned last year to Slater Memorial Park after a decades-long hiatus are back for a new season on the Slater Pond.

"The paddleboats brought something fun and family-friendly to the park last year and we're glad to welcome them back for another season," said Mayor Don Grebien in a statement.

Rides, at $5 for 30 minutes, are available on weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In late June when schools get out, they'll operate seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Life jackets are provided for all passengers. Children age 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. The rides are operated by F&L Legacy Boating. Company partners Brian Lally and Gian-Mikel Facenda are both certified lifeguards with first aid training.

Paddleboats were a popular feature in the park in the 1960s era, when the Massiwer family had that concession as well as the Looff carousel rides, according to a history of the park compiled by the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council.

The current paddleboats, which have a weight capacity of 650 pounds, come in the form of swans and dragons. Others have canopies.