The concept was unveiled in the paper last week. It is ambitious and bound to be expensive. Where the money will come from will be a major issue.
It has a Facebook page. There is to be a public meeting for discussions, questions and suggestions. On the surface, that all sounds wonderful, but if you've lived in this area for a time you probably realize things are not necessarily as rosy as they may seem.
Here's where I see a potential snag. A 90 year old carousel that was a mainstay on a long gone pier back in the 40's and 50's has become available. Post Falls, our next door neighbor, would take it if Coeur d'Alene decides against it. It belongs in Coeur d'Alene.
It could face demise, be broken up and sold piecemeal as have so many others. It is one of only about 100 left. This too is something that has to be paid for and a structure of some sort would be needed to protect it from the elements. I'm not so sure about that if it is restored properly. Many, like the one pictured in Paris, as you can see, stands on it's own.
A private group is looking into this as a possibility along with funding mechanisms.
Now granted, it doesn't need to go in the revamped park. What troubles me, however, is a comment by the Mayor who said "We're not looking at buildings, per se, so I don't know if it could fit." Let that red flag that just went up be overly active paranoia on my part!
My question, if the plan before us is truly only a concept open for discussion, why couldn't it fit? The steering committee's mission statement says,
Our mission is to develop a dynamic master plan, that allows the park to evolve into a destination park, with compelling and memorable features that serve the greatest number of uses for the greatest number of people, of all ages and abilities... "What better attraction for kids? What better piece of memorabilia of the city's past?
Okay. I love carousels. The music and the animals are enchanting. If it hadn't been for space constraints when I started, I'd be carving carousel animals rather than chess sets. I grew up visiting the historic Kennywood Park carousel in West Mifflin, PA. I spent my free time in Paris wandering the streets looking for and photographing their many carousels.