The Metroparks commissioners on Thursday approved the carousel project, which is expected to open in 2014 and cost about $2 million. That price tag is small by the standards of capital projects at the zoo. It will be the first project completely underwritten by the Cleveland Zoological Society, a separate, private-nonprofit that exists to support the zoo and aid in fundraising.
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This is something I have long thought the Cleveland Zoo needed. Most other zoos I have visited have had a carousel of some form to go with their train.
This is the reason why the zoo didn't want the Euclid Beach Park carousel. The in thing with zoological parks for the last few years has been endangered spieces machines. Both Chance Morgan and the Carousel Works have produced a number of these. Some of them are pretty nice, other's ,like the one at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park are hideous, in my humble opinion....
Great addition to a very nice Zoo. If this resembles anything close to the "endangered species" theme to the carousel constructed in the Erie Zoo a few years ago, it will be spectacular. This is a very long, overdue addition that will look great, entertain guests, and bring in some extra cash along the way.
Also, the rain forest may be 20 years old, but it was in fantasic condition in 2011 when I last visited.
I was excited to read that there will be 6 animals on this carousel that Carousel Works has never done before. I'm excited to see this. I just wish it wasn't ~18 months off still. :-)
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