In case you are wondering how this beautiful and unique carousel is being made
Cincinnati, Oh. – It won’t be long before the ribbon cutting takes place for Carol Ann’s Carousel at Smale Riverfront Park…in fact, it’s on May 16, 2015. Mark your calendars!
The figures on the carousel will represent many areas of life, history and culture in the Greater Cincinnati area. The figures themselves along with their trappings will reflect river life, sports, Cincinnati cuisine, iconic places, transportation, history, business, the arts, the seasons and folklore.
- The carousel will be built at the foot of Vine Street on a tree-lined plaza filled with water features.
- The carousel will be 46’ in diameter and 20’ tall, contained in a glass building which will be 70’ x 90’
- There will be three rows of animals/characters on the carousel platform for a total of 44 characters.
- The choices of characters were made by the park design team, based on the input of citizens!
- The carousel will operate year-round.
- Glass doors will allow for easy access into the carousel building and will bring the outside, in, on good weather days.
- A local artist, Jonathan Queen, will paint Cincinnati scenes on the carousel.
- The carving and painting of the animals/characters and the creation and installation of the carousel will be done by Carousel Works of Mansfield, Ohio, the world’s largest maker of wooden carousels.
- There will be a nominal cost to ride the carousel.
- The carousel and plaza will also have a floor below it that will feature a banquet/conference center
- The carousel will be available for private rentals for birthday parties, weddings and both corporate/civic and family functions.
- The carousel, its carved figures, paintings, lights, and its installation will cost $1 million. The building containing it will cost $4.5 million.
- The entire complex of the carousel, Anderson Pavilion, plazas, water features, comfort station and Vine Street Steps/Cascades are privately funded.