Carousel Foundation hopes to have their project completed by Summer 2013
KENNEWICK, Wash --The "Carousel Project' has been going around in circles for the last eight years, but a group of very enthusiastic Tri-Citians say, they hope to have the historic project built and completed by summer of 2013.
In January, the city of Kennewick said the carousal can go in the Southridge Sports Complex if the board figures out a plan that includes a time line, costs and a plan of action. The city gave the Three Rivers Carousel Foundation 120 days to do so and Tuesday, May 22nd they will present their findings to council members in a workshop meeting.
Eric Van Winkle, the chair of the board, says they hammered out all the details, including funding, and even a name for the project. He says he hopes the carousel can be up and running by Summer of 2013.
"I think we have a solution for them. When you see this thing done, it's unbelievable. It's world class art,100 year old world class art that you can ride, touch and feel," says Van Winkle of the restored Carvel.
The city originally invested $830,000 in restoring the carousel.Van Winkle says their plan is not going to cost the city or its residents any more money. He also says it would be great to see a show at support at Tuesday night's meeting, which starts at 6:30pm at Kennewick City Hall.