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Carousel of Dreams Construction Begins

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - A decade ago it was just an idea. Today, the GESA Carousel of Dreams is taking shape. Wednesday morning marked day one of the actual construction at the Southridge Sports Complex.

You might be surprised at just how big the structure will be. For the next few days a Lampson crane will be on site holding up the cupola. That's because in a rather unique engineering design, the carousel's home is being built from the top down. 

When it's finished there won't be any beams within the 12-sided building. It will be completely open so you can see the entire carousel inside. 

"You're going to see this huge building come out of the desert, 45 feet tall with a hand pounded copper carousel horse weather vane on top of it. so it's really big and really exciting for our group and I think the community. it's time to get this thing done," said Carousel of Dreams Foundation Chair Eric VanWinkle.

There are still lots of ways you can donate: from buying a tile or adopting a pony to helping out on site. 

The hope is to have the GESA Carousel of Dreams open by early next year.