Carousel pavilion turning towards the center of the beach | New

SALISBURY – A 25-year vacation on Broadway may soon become the center of the beach’s best attraction when the historic Salisbury Beach Partnership carousel begins offering rides in its own pavilion late next year.

The partnership originally planned to bring the 1890s Looff-Mangels Broadway Flying Horses Carousel back to the Beach Center years ago, but it turned out that the carousel was no longer intact. The Salisbury Beach Partnership was able to purchase a similar wooden carousel, made in 1909, for $ 600,000 almost three years ago.

Partnership chairman Wayne Capolupo said the carousel has been assembled and is in his temporary home at Carefree Arcade on Ocean Front Boulevard.

“We raised enough to purchase this historic carousel which was located in Harvey’s Lake, Pa.,” Capolupo said. “We were able to mount it here and we were able to put it together. Now it is fully assembled and operational.

Capolupo said his family donated the long-vacant property at 7 Broadway to the Salisbury Beach Partnership, which will soon begin work to transform the 6,600-square-foot octagonal building into a traditional year-round carousel lodge.

“During the glory days of historic carousels, your typical pavilion was octagonal in shape, with a witch’s hat roof and a dome at the top,” Capolupo said. “That’s exactly what we’re going to build there. It will be a beautiful traditional octagonal building which will be a real post and beam construction. “

The Salisbury Beach Partnership is currently in the middle of a $ 750,000 fundraising campaign to house and preserve the carousel. The campaign includes a horse adoption program that allows donors to “adopt” one of the carousel’s 44 prints.

Newburyport Bank secured the naming rights for the new building and recently committed $ 250,000 to the partnership’s historic carousel fund. The bank is also expected to build a micro-branch in the new carousel complex.

“Salisbury Beach is finally going to have a bank branch,” Capolupo said. “We have been trying for 60 years.

He said he expects the new carousel to be a year-round destination.

“We want it to be a family-friendly place, ideal for kids ages 8 to 80. We want it to be the favorite walk on the beach,” said Capolupo.

There will also be a reception hall for events such as birthdays and weddings.

Demolition of the existing structure at 7 Broadway is expected to begin soon, and construction on the new building is expected to begin in February, according to the progress of a fundraising campaign.

“So we have our work cut out for us. We want to get people to become donors to this horse adoption program, ”Capolupo said.

He said he hopes the carousel and its pavilion will be open to the public by the end of next year.

“We hope it will be open in time for next year’s Sea Trees Festival,” Capolupo said. “This is the culmination of 20 years of effort on my part and that of many other beach owners and stakeholders. This is one of our main goals when we formed the Salisbury Beach Partnership. We wanted to recover a historic carousel and put it in a pavilion.

Editor-in-Chief Jim Sullivan covers Amesbury and Salisbury for The Daily News. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 978-961-3145. Follow him on Twitter @ndnsully.

Editor-in-Chief Jim Sullivan covers Amesbury and Salisbury for The Daily News. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 978-961-3145. Follow him on Twitter @ndnsully.