New carousel being assembled on Detroit waterfront

Posted Tuesday, May 1, 2007 10:48 AM | Contributed by CPLady

The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy began assembling the new River Carousel on Monday, its crowning jewel for Detroit's newly revitalized riverfront. With animal motifs drawn from species native to the Detroit River, the carousel promises to become an attraction for decades to come.

Read more from The Detroit Free Press.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007 11:44 AM
Has anyone seen any of the builder's other carousels? Are they nice?
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Tuesday, May 1, 2007 12:18 PM
As a Metro Detroiter this is some really cool news (I didn't know about the carousel until this). If you haven't visited the Riverfront boardwalk, it's a great place to chill out, relax, and watch the freighters go by. During the summer there's some "interactive" fountains that kids love to play in.

In the coming months the city will be renovating the Dequindre Cut to make a pathway from Eastern Market to where the carousel is going in.

If you've ripped on Detroit before, you've gotta visit the revitalized Downtown area. It's no Chicago, but the whole Woodward corridor from Foxtown into Downtown is making a comeback.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2007 1:58 PM
Too bad they went with fiberglass figures. There are several firms building carved wooden carousels that they could have (should have?) used.
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Tuesday, May 1, 2007 2:09 PM
There's only one (that I know of) company that builds new wooded carousels from the ground up, and that's Carousel Magic in Mansfield, OH. Worth checking out, I might add.
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Tuesday, May 1, 2007 2:26 PM
My understanding is that this is an outdoor carousel. Fiberglass really is the best choice, as it will require much less maintenance in coming years, especially through Detroit winters (don't be surprised if this thing runs all year).
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Tuesday, May 1, 2007 2:29 PM
There are two carousel companies in Mansfield: Carousel Magic and Carousel Works. And there are several smaller companies that will build one including Dentzel!

The Carousel Magic tour is worth checking out if you find youself in Mansfield, OH.

Outdoor? No pavilion at all? That seems kinda strange. Especially to run it all year like that.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2007 2:44 PM
The passionate side of me wishes it was a carousel with wooden horses but the logical side of me understands the reasons for fiberglass. I suppose I'd have a much greater issue with that decision if the carousel was replacing an older carousel, but since this is a new development, I'm just happy to see a carousel be a part of it. It'll be a very nice touch.
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Tuesday, May 1, 2007 2:58 PM
True. At least the figures will be unique and not some mass produced standard design.
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Wednesday, May 2, 2007 9:13 AM
I like that too. Nothing is worse than an "RCT" carousel!
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Wednesday, May 2, 2007 3:12 PM
Brass Ring Entertainment also builds wooden carousels.
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