THUNDER BAY – NEWS – The Chippewa Park Carousel will close a few weeks early due to signs of deterioration of the recently restored carousel horses.
“Due to the current stage of the restoration project, the carousel had to operate without the canopy installed this year,” said Cory Halvorsen, director of parks and open spaces. “As the restored horses have been designed to withstand outdoor conditions, we have decided to operate the ride this year on the condition that it is monitored for any signs of environmental impact.”
An inspection carried out this week revealed levels of deterioration on some of the horses beyond what normal wear and tear would produce. The decision to close the carousel was necessary in order to protect and preserve the restoration work that has been carried out in the carousel.
“A lot of time and effort has gone into restoring the horses in the carousel,” he added. “We regret having to close the ride for the remainder of the 2022 season, but want to avoid further deterioration caused by accelerated environmental impacts.”
The carousel is expected to reopen in 2023.