The Chippewa Park Carousel is back in action

THUNDER BAY – The Save Our Carousel Committee announced today that from Saturday 18th June the partially restored carousel will be operational again after a two year COVID shutdown.

“The good news is that Thunder Bay’s much-loved carousel will be up and running again this summer,” said Save Our Carousel Co-Chair Donna Gilhooly. “Although the restoration work is still in progress, we are in the final stretch. Rather than delay its use for another year until everything is complete, TFOCP and Parks decided to put it into service. »

“The community will be able to see the incredible efforts made by local artisans and artists in restoring all of the horses. And above all, children won’t have to wait another year to ride their favorite horse! she says.

The CW Parker will look like a skeleton of itself, but the restored horses are a beautiful sight and worth a trip to Chippewa Park in themselves.

“We wanted to make sure the kids in our community wouldn’t miss another season riding their favorite horse,” said committee co-chair Donna Gilhooly.

Everything has been affected by the Covid. For example, Superior Highschool was unable to complete the iconic image paintings for the rounding boards, but what was done is startlingly beautiful.

Because all the elements fit together like a puzzle, it was decided not to erect partially completed elements. However, the public can rest assured that the carousel is nearly complete and all we need is additional time to complete the restoration and obtain the necessary government approvals.

Visitors will note that this year the multi-coloured fabric roof will not be installed as in the short term it will compromise the overall restoration effort. It is expected that there will be a new mounting system for a new awning installed from the fall. The existing canopy does not provide significant protection from the elements and has been a concern since the restoration process began. Each horse and the music organ will be individually protected when not in use throughout this summer.

According to Gilhooly, while two new floats were sculpted and built by the Thunder Bay Sculptors, there was not enough time to mount their incredible sculptures in time for the season opener. This work will resume in the fall.

“We hope that children will enjoy riding horses this summer and that families and heritage enthusiasts will come to see the restoration work. Completing the restoration to the highest standards is important to us. We know it will be worth the wait to see it completed in all its glory,” Gilhooly concluded.

The carousel along with the other rides will operate on weekends until July 1, when they will run Wednesday through Sunday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.