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July 3, 2013

No carousel: Restoration of popular Meadowlake ride won’t be ready for Fourth of July event

ENID, Okla. — Enid Kiwanis Club’s carousel won’t be ready for the Fourth of July festivities at Meadowlake Park this year.

Club President Jerry Cornwell and Vice President Jerald Gilbert said there still is restoration to be completed on the carousel, and a sidewalk built around the new building.

Cornwell said it was his understanding the new building to house the carousel had not yet been accepted by the city of Enid.

“The building was essentially completed by the contractor, but there were some punch list items, things that needed to be finished,” Cornwell said.

Gilbert said there still is some work to be done on the carousel, such as refurbishing the center pole and an electrical collar for the ride. He said the center pole was sent to Chance Manufacturing in Wichita, Kan., and it could take “several weeks” to get the part back.

“It’s going to be a delay in getting the carousel back up,” Gilbert said. “I do know the carousel doesn’t have to be put back together inside the building. We’re looking at a late summer opening, at best.”

The club also is working to restore the carousel’s horses. There are five or six remaining to be restored.

“They cost about $2,000 each to be restored,” Cornwell said.

Both men said the Kiwanitrain at Meadowlake Park is running well and is as popular as ever. There have been several thousand riders this year, and the train will run 3:30-9 p.m. for the Fourth of July holiday.

“We’ve had an exceptional year so far,” Cornwell said. “We’ve had a lot of good business.”

The train is open 6-9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Tickets are $2, with children under 1 year of age riding for free.

If you wish to make a tax deductible donation for the restoration of the carousel, send donations to: Kiwanis Trust Fund P.O. Box 769, Enid, OK 73702.

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