Chavis Park carousel getting a facelift

Posted February 17, 2012
Updated February 18, 2012

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— A Raleigh landmark, the carousel at Chavis Park in southeast Raleigh, is getting a makeover.

Crews are refurbishing and repainting the carousel, and officials will break ground Saturday on a new building to house it. The carousel will move to a new location, near the community center and closer to Martin Luther King Boulevard, as part of a master plan to improve the park.

The carousel, which dates to the late 1910s or early 1920s, is a designated Raleigh Historic Landmark.

Neighbors say the upgrade is overdue. "We need some more attention," said Howard Curtis. "Put some money over here."

"It'll be good for the kids," said Johnice Harris.

The project, which costs an estimated $2 million, should be finished by the end of 2012.

Neighbors had input on the new carousel house and suggested additional ways to improve the park, including adding restrooms, concessions and possibly a museum to the community's sports legends.

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  • Karmageddon Feb 20, 2012

    Spend that tax money. It's all free money, isn't it?

  • federalsales2 Feb 20, 2012

    Thats a lot of money to spend when the state does not even have enough money for schools and education...Where is the thinking here have fun at what ever cost.........