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City council approves bid for new carousel at Chavis Park

Posted January 17, 2012

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— The Raleigh City Council on Tuesday moved forward with plans for a new carousel building at Chavis Park. 

Resolute Building Co. won the building contract with a bid of $1.8 million. The company said it plans to subcontract 26 percent of the work to small,disadvantaged minority- and women-owned businesses.

The new carousel building is expected to be complete in the fall.

The council also on Tuesday approved a contract to consult with Skeo Solutions for the Chavis Park Community Conversation project, which hopes to improve the park while holding onto its history. 

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  • bill0 Jan 18, 2012

    Since when are "conservatives" all supposed to be anti-park? Come on. We all like parks. Everyone wants to have decent parks around where their kids can go and play. This is a historic park and provides access to a lot of kids who otherwise really wouldn't have any grassy space to run around in or play sports etc.

  • Big Daddy Cain Jan 18, 2012

    "Yes there are those in the city that did vote for real improvements in the cities infrastructure"

    Earlier, citizens of Raleigh also overwhelmingly voted to improve the parks. As far as only those who pay a mortgage go paying these fees, owners of apartment complexes must too pay property tax, and if you don't think that cost is incurred by residents, you are a fool.

  • Parah Salin Jan 18, 2012

    "Pullen Park got one so Chavis Park obviously has to have one, needed or not." -WHEEL

    Chavis Park already has one - and it's been there since 1937.
    And it hasn't been vandalized in all these years.

  • beachlvr0804 Jan 18, 2012

    It will be vandalized in no time....

  • coolwill43 Jan 18, 2012

    Yes there are those in the city that did vote for real improvements in the cities infrastructure, but guest who gets billed for theses improvements, only people that have mortgages, that is the most democratic approached to any improvements base on the funds of only one source, which was voted also by people that have not a mortgage. (Those that live in an apartment). It is time for this city to stop spending money for improvements on the back of single family home owners. By the way what is the $30 vehicle fee for?
    NC has the highest tax of all the south, the local government and the fed take what they don't in taxes and fees, we are left with pitten.

    build a theme park.

  • WHEEL Jan 18, 2012

    Pullen Park got one so Chavis Park obviously has to have one, needed or not.

  • warbirdlover Jan 18, 2012

    What goes up, Must come down, Spinning wheel got to go round, talk about you troubles, it a crying shame, Ride a painted Pony on the Spinning Wheel ride.

  • Big Daddy Cain Jan 17, 2012

    "This is the most pressing issue facing the City council? I guess the economy in Raleigh is booming, everybody has a job, the streets are all silky smooth, and the tax rates are at their lowest in centuries. What? None of that is done? I guess a carousel is more important than all of those then. (rolls eyes)" - gunnywannabe

    This isn't the most pressing issue for Raleigh (rolls eyes) but it is what the people of Raleigh determined is important for them to keep a high quality of life with its beautiful parks and history. The Citizens voted overwhelmingly for this to happen, because the citizens in this town realize how important it is. I'm sorry you are cynical about this, but what more can make people happy during a period when times are not so great? Parks are a wonderful asset for the community, they provide so many wonderful things to a neighborhood and the community, and the money is designated for it already by the citizens.

  • dcatz Jan 17, 2012

    How about you subcontract the work to those companies who are best for the job irregardless of who owns them? Wasting taxpayer money on less qualified companies merely because of who they are owned by is ridiculous and discrimination.

  • citizensoldier16 Jan 17, 2012

    This is the most pressing issue facing the City council? I guess the economy in Raleigh is booming, everybody has a job, the streets are all silky smooth, and the tax rates are at their lowest in centuries. What? None of that is done? I guess a carousel is more important than all of those then. (rolls eyes)