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Carousel of Dreams breaks ground

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- It took nearly a decade of hard work, but the Carousel Of Dreams is now a reality. Dozens celebrated at the Southridge Sports Complex Thursday at the groundbreaking ceremony.

The102 year old Charles Carmel carousel and the building that will hold it. should be completed by next summer. Community members who have worked on this project since day one say they're glad to see it finally come to life, including Kennewick City Council member Paul Parish, who has been in office for 17 years.

"It's really great that this came together, and all the people have stepped up. I thought it would but it did take time. These projects take 15-20 years and we're doing it in 10," said Parish.

"Arts, entertainment, historical, family, community and this one qualifies for all these those. So its really exciting for us to bring it to the community," said Eric Van Winkle, the President of the Carousel of Dreams Foundation.

Van Winkle says this wouldn't be possible without the generosity of the community and GESA's million dollar donation to the project, which is estimated to cost $1.85 million dollars.

He says the fundraising efforts are still underway, and the actual horses are also available for sponsorships. The lead horse costing $100,000.

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