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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 05-22-2019

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MAY 22-28, 2019 PAWTUCKET 13 Donna Houle, special projects coordinator at the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council and president of the newly formed Friends of the Looff Carousel at Slater Park, said she's thrilled to finally see work begin after so many years of planning. This is important work for the saving of a priceless landmark and community resource, she said. Morais said he anticipates the proj- ect being done no later than Sept. 15. "It's going to look really, really good when it's done," he said. A worker on scene last week said he and others were working on inte- rior reinforcing of supports, adding that the carousel was in tough shape. The National Carousel Association last year unanimously selected the Slater Park Looff Carousel, built in 1895 and placed in Slater Park in 1910, as a recipient of the 2018 NCA Historic Award. Over the years, said Houle, there have been numerous repairs, includ- ing to the gears and the horses on the carousel. Getting the windows repaired is also important for keeping moisture out of the building, said Morais. Looff Carousel is one of only about 170 carousels that remain intact and operating. At one point, there were more than 3,000. It was built in 1895 by Charles I. D. Looff. The carousel was origi- nally located in a carnival called Lee Funland in upstate New York, but was relocated to its present loca- tion at Slater Park in 1910, where it continues to operate. The carousel features a functioning band organ, as well as 44 standing horses, six menagerie animals (one camel, three dogs, one giraffe, one lion), and two chariots. In 1910, the city of Pawtucket had the Looff carousel moved from New York to Pawtucket. The carousel began operating in Slater Park by July 1910. Locals referred to the site as "The Darby Horses." The Pawtucket carousel has a regu- lar schedule of operation during the year. It is open on weekends from May to June, seven days a week from June to September, and on weekends in September and October. LOOFF From Page One Work is progressing on the famed Looff Carousel at Slater Park in Pawtucket as BEN GASIOR paints the sup- port beams used in the renovations on Monday. The carousel was built in 1895 by Charles Looff and is an icon- ic local landmark. BREEZE PHOTOS BY CHARLES LAWRENCE

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