The historic Dentzel Menagerie Carousel at Ontario Beach Park in Charlotte is repaired and open to the public for a compressed 2018 season.
The 113-year-old carousel has been out of commission since July 26, 2017, due to the failure of an original mechanical component of the ride. The carousel has operated every year at the park since it first opened in 1905.
“We are so very happy to have the carousel repaired and back up and running,” said Cheryl Dinolfo, county executive. “To celebrate the reopening of this community treasure, we will be open on weekends and offer free rides through Columbus Day. I hope that many of our hardworking families and residents of all ages will come up to Ontario Beach Park and enjoy a ride on our historic carousel, at no charge.”
The carousel was carved and created by the firm of G.A. Dentzel in Philadelphia. The carousel is a menagerie model, and features 52 riding animals and two chariots, set in three rows. The animals include 22 jumping horses, 11 standing horses, three cats, one deer, one giraffe, one goat, one lion, two mules, three ostriches, three pigs, three rabbits and one tiger.
After the carousel’s breakdown, the Monroe County hired Carousels & Carvings of Marion, Ohio, to remove, remanufacture and reinstall the thrust bearing. The work was completed and the carousel recently passed a mandatory state inspection.
The carousel is open from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 30, as well as Oct. 6-8.