The opening of the new Sea Glass Carousel at Battery Park is progressing, and now with the help of additional $1.4 million funding by the Battery Conservancy, the carousel is set to open Fall 2012.

The Sea Glass Carousel will be made of glass which transforms itself from dark blue with images of fish, and each fish on the carousel will have moving parts, making the ride feel more like an underwater experience.

The underwater themed carousel is aiming to entertain visitors and educate them on the area’s history. The story of Sea Glass began when the Battery Conservancy was designing the park’s appearance to reflect its rich history from 1896 when the Battery was the first home of the New York Aquarium.

The design for the carousel was partially inspired by music and film for children of all ages. The ride sits within fish that glide through the sights and sounds of a children’s adventure.

Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story.

—Karen Miller