Nobody will be saddling up for a ride any day soon.
Dylan Lee of the Wilmington City Manager’s Office said, “The remains of the old carousel are in storage in the city’s Coleman complex on Marstellar Street. There are no funds currently allocated to the restoration of the carousel.”
In addition to there being no plans to restore the merry-go-round, it could not be set up as-is. Even if there the city had funding, the old ride is incomplete. Lee noted that only “a portion of the original components and only some of the horses” are in storage. It is unknown what became of the missing pieces.
According to a Star News article from Dec. 2002, it was stated that two carousel horses, flanking the doorway to city hall, were from among the herd that once graced the Greenfield Park merry-go-round. Then-Mayor Harper Peterson had plans to renovate the attraction, which was removed from the park in 1979. For whatever reason, the merry-go-round repair never gained momentum.
The original cast-metal carousel had 12 horses and three stationary seats, according to the late Gary Shell, the city’s former director of Parks, Recreation and Downtown Services. The city reportedly had all of the pieces in storage as of 2002.
When operated, it is said the carousel played the song “Buffalo Gals, Won’t You Come Out Tonight.”
As it stands, those gals can come out. They just won’t get to enjoy the carousel.
Date posted: August 22, 2012
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