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Monday, October 20, 2014

Anybody want to buy a merry-go-round? Former Lincoln Park carousel takes a spin on ebay


It was nearly 4-1/2 years ago when city officials and Lincoln Heights residents gathered in Lincoln Park to celebrate the return of a carousel equipped with 20 wood-carved horses and chariots to carry a new generation of riders.  The park had been without a carousel since the original merry-go-round was destroyed by fire in 1976. The installation of the new carousel –  a 1930s model that had been renovated and refurbished – was hailed as a symbol of the park’s revival, according to an L.A. Times story.   The city’s spent more than $500,000 to build a shelter for the new, 28-foot-wide carousel owned and operated by GP Rah Enterprises, which operates the Griffith Park carousel.  However,  relatively few people were willing to pay $1 to ride the Lincoln Heights carousel, which closed and was carted after only three years in operation.  Now, GP Rah has put the carousel (pictured in the video) up for sale on ebay at an asking price of $110,000. The auction ends Jan. 19.

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6 comments

  1. So the city spent half a million dollars building a platform and fence for a privately operated attraction which was then only operational for three years (and I believe infrequently at that)? Yeah, that revival of Lincoln Park is sure going great guns. (Memo to City Hall: bring back the alligators. Everyone loves alligators. Just put ‘em in the lake, don’t worry about feeding them. They’ll manage fine on nature’s bounty.)

  2. Aww that’s so sad. Kids today!!

  3. How about relocating it to the Silver Lake Meadow? :)

  4. Blooming in Echo Park

    Any votes to put it next to Echo Park Lake? It would be an amazing addition to the new water shed system and boathouse :)

  5. I believe this merry-go-round should be saved. Perhaps there could be a regional (communities surrounding Lincoln Park) discussion by historical societies, neighborhood councils, preservation groups, etc., and see if fund raising and working out some arrangement with the company could not be accomplished.

    The m-g-r is located in CD 14 – so Huisar’s office could be a beginning or ending point – perhaps a petition could be started to show interest in keeping it in L.P.???? Is there some clever computer user who would do that??

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