City moves forward on Columbian Park carousel

The Lafayette Board of Works gave the green light for design phase of a new carousel Tuesday.

Posted: Jun 18, 2019 11:51 AM
Updated: Jun 18, 2019 12:17 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — An old favorite is on its way back to Columbian Park.

The Lafayette Board of Works gave the green light for design phase of a new carousel Tuesday.

As we reported last August, it's part of the city's Columbian Park Master Plan.

The park's original carousel was installed in the 1940's. However, it was torn down after about 50 years to make way for Tropicanoe Cove.

Diane Morgan remembers riding the original carousel as a child, and she thinks it will become a major attraction.

"People will come here who maybe went somewhere else because there wasn't enough rides and things for the kids to do," said Morgan.

Angie Scantlin has fond memories of taking her children to ride the carousel. She hopes the new addition will bring as much joy as the original one did for her family.

"It was used all the time, and it was a great place to bring your kids," Scantlin said. "Anything to improve the park again, and bring it to what it used to be."

The carousel will be in the middle of the park, next to the zoo. It should be open next summer.

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