September 8, 2017
Yesterday, Nick was honored to join Restore Oregon at a press conference to celebrate the return of the iconic Jantzen Beach carousel.
Nick congratulated Peggy Moretti and the Restore Oregon family, and pledged the full support of the city in finding a new home for this world-class attraction.
During the golden age of carousels over a century ago, 5000-6000 carousels were manufactured. Today, fewer than 150 survive.
The carousel was built in 1904 by the “amusement king” C. W. Parker in Abilene, Kansas. It then moved to Venice, California for 7 years before arriving at Jantzen Beach Amusement Park in 1928. View the timeline here.
On September 1, 2017, the former owner of the Jantzen Beach Center donated the historic carousel to Restore Oregon.
Yesterday, Restore Oregon and its partners launched a campaign to find a new home for the carousel.
With the help of community members, public-spirited businesses, and local government, the restored carousel can become Portland’s next great attraction, bringing smiles to future generations of children.
Let’s re-turn the carousel to Portland! Donate or find out more about the campaign at www.restoreoregon.com/carousel/
Anna Marum in The Oregonian
Lyndsey Hewitt in the Portland Tribune
FOX 12 News
Kohr Harlan and KOIN 6 News
Sophia June in Willamette Week