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Chavis Park carousel work behind schedule, over budget

Posted December 4, 2012

— Plans to renovate Chavis Park in southeast Raleigh are running over budget and behind schedule, officials said Tuesday.

Crews are refurbishing and repainting the carousel, including constructing a building near the community center to house it. The carousel, which dates to the late 1910s or early 1920s, is a designated Raleigh Historic Landmark.

Raleigh officials asked the City Council for an extra $17,000 to finish the project, which was supposed to be complete by the end of the year. Officials said it could take an extra 45 days to complete.

The council approved a $1.8 million contract for Chavis Park improvements last January. In addition to the carousel, it included site work, a new water line and lighting.

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  • I-Like-Tacos Dec 6, 8:24 a.m.

    It's a waste of money because it makes no money. The city will be spending 1.8 million dollars on a 100 year old ride that loses more than $100 A DAY during the summer paying the staff to sit there and press a button.

  • NiceNSmooth Dec 5, 4:12 p.m.

    Why is it a waste of money? Is it because it's on the south side of time? Would it be more feasible if it was in North Raleigh or the Wakefield area where more affluent residents live? Maybe if the city wasn't so gun-ho on tearing down south Raleigh and replacing it with housing that many in that area can't afford in order to bring the White population.

    You hit the nail on the head!! Sad that some people think this way...

  • dwntwnboy Dec 5, 8:48 a.m.

    "Don't worry, it won't take long for it to be destroyed."- why? It's been there for almost 100 years now, why would we think it won't be there another 100?

  • dwntwnboy Dec 5, 8:48 a.m.

    "Don't worry, it won't take long for it to be destroyed.

  • jaecee452 Dec 5, 8:37 a.m.

    Why is it a waste of money? Is it because it's on the south side of time? Would it be more feasible if it was in North Raleigh or the Wakefield area where more affluent residents live? Maybe if the city wasn't so gun-ho on tearing down south Raleigh and replacing it with housing that many in that area can't afford in order to bring the White population.

  • whatelseisnew Dec 4, 7:06 p.m.

    "It would be more financially responsible to burn that thing to the ground and dump the 1.8 million dollars in the middle of S. Saunders St than to keep it open for one day in August.
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    Don't worry, it won't take long for it to be destroyed.

  • I-Like-Tacos Dec 4, 6:19 p.m.

    What an epic waste of tax-payer money. Chavis Carousel brings in hardly any revenue and is the definition of a local economic drag that is only open for political reasons.

    It would be more financially responsible to burn that thing to the ground and dump the 1.8 million dollars in the middle of S. Saunders St than to keep it open for one day in August.