NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — A new attraction has made its way into Buttonwood Park.
The city announced Friday that six swan paddleboats are now floating in Buttonwood Pond, ready to use.
The paddleboats, operated by La Gondala Inc., will officially open Saturday.
La Gondala Inc. is the same company that operates the swan boats at Roger Williams Park in Providence. The owners, Allen and Cynthia Days, brought the idea to city officials and have worked with city departments to implement the program.
“Buttonwood Park provides an ideal setting for swan paddleboats. It offers good, wholesome entertainment for families as well as a relaxing setting for couples,” Cynthia Days said.
The swan boats can be easily operated by one person, but can also accommodate up to four people. Life jackets will be provided to anyone riding in the boats.
The boats will be available during the weekends, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. The attraction will close for the season on Sept. 30. The city also announced the boats would also be open daily during public school vacations, weather permitting.
Ride rates cost $5 for children and $10 for adults, with a portion of the fees going toward improving and maintaining open water habitat, maintaining water quality and providing safe recreational access to the pond.