WRHS: Euclid Beach Carousel could be running again by 2013

9:37 AM, Jul 1, 2010   |    comments
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Most of the carousel horses and its two chariots have been stored inside at the WRHS's Historic Preservation facility in Macedonia since 1999. Some would go on display periodically.

This project would restore the carousel and have it operational on the main floor of the WRHS building at East Boulevard and East 108th Street.

It would be in thea new glassed-in area of WRHS so passers-by may see it and enjoy it from the street.

The $6 million project is a collaboration between WRHS and Cleveland's Euclid Beach Park Carousel Society, with support from Euclid Beach Park Now.

The projected cost is $6 million, with $2 million for the carousel restoration and placement and $4 million for Endowment to support operations and maintenance.

The six-year project to complete all phases including fundraising for endowment from now until 2016.

The plan envisions carousel rides for $1 to $2, annual low-cost memberships allowing unlimited free use, and making the Carousel handicap-accessible.

History of the Euclid Beach Carousel (PDF)

Brief History: The Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel was built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1910 and operated at Euclid Beach Park in Cleveland's Collinwood neighborhood until the Park closed in 1969.

It was sold to an amusement park in Maine where it operated for 28 years.

Cleveland's Trust for Public Land bought the Carousel horses and chariots in 1997. Cleveland Tomorrow raised funds to restore the 58 horses and 2 chariots, in collaboration with WRHS.

The restored horses and chariots were gifted to WRHS in 1999. Some are periodically displayed but most remain in storage.

Another long-time proponent of re-establishing the carousel, the group Euclid Beach Park Now, says it decided to support The Carousel Society plan because it lives up to the original vision of the Humphrey family -- owners of Cleveland's old Euclid Beach Park.

"It's all about providing for the future of the Carousel while making it accessible to the public," said John Frato, president of Euclid Beach Park Now.

"This plan offers financial and physical protection of the carousel, protects its history and provenance, and makes it accessible to people of all ages and abilities."

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