Hollywood superstar Judy Garland visited Paragon Park in 1967 and rode many of the rides (including the Whip and the Giant Coaster) with her 12-year-old son, Joey Luft. She also surprised park employees with an impromptu performance on stage at the Blue Bunny nightclub that evening. Garland was in town to perform in a concert on Boston Common. She also took a ride — some say many rides — on the Giant Coaster. Hull-Nantasket Times publisher Herb Gordon documented the trip with photos that were published in his paper and in The Boston Globe. He also quoted her as saying “That’s the best fun I’ve had since I was a kid,” to which her son added, “Me, too!”
We’re excited to be compiling the first comprehensive history of Paragon Park at Nantasket Beach. This site will give you information about the project, and how you can contribute your memories and your photos. Watch this space for additional information about the publication date and ordering information. Thanks for your interest!
Just a few of the many images of Paragon Park in our collection… putting them all up here might crash the site!
Do you have photos to contribute to the book? Click here to find out how.