City of Enid

 

ENID, OK (January 12, 2012) – Early next week, City of Enid crews will be giving the Meadowlake Carousel a brand new look. Crews will begin to tear down the building that houses the carousel in preparation for a brand new building.

Safety and accessibility issues were some of the chief reasons why officials decided to make preparations for a new building. The current building was built in the 1990’s. The new building will be sturdier and safer. It will also have sides that will open up so visitors can see the carousel.

“This carousel is an important landmark in Enid, and we want to make sure that it is protected from the weather properly but also will be seen more,” said Director of Public Works, Jim McClain.

The carousel has a storied past. According to Enid historians, and there is a bit of debate. The carousel was first shipped in 1949 to a businessman in Houston. After a stint in Houston, it went to Helm’s Amusement Park and eventually made its home at Meadowlake Park.

Recently the Enid Kiwanis Club has taken on the responsibility of restoring the carousel horses along with restoration expert, Richard Mitchell, has been able to restore at least two to three horses a year, and to date, twenty-five of the thirty horses have been restored.

Regardless of the debate about the carousel’s past, the carousel is a treasured piece of history, and the City of Enid has taken steps to ensure that it will continue to be cherished for years to come. City officials plan to have the new enclosure in place by summer of 2012.