The Carmel City Council stripped funding for a 1907 hand-carved Dentzel carousel from a $71 million bond package it approved Sept. 18, but Mayor Jim Brainard has said he hopes to find another way to bring it to the city.
Those plans could be in jeopardy, however, as Toronto City Councilor Paula Fletcher is planning in October to ask the Toronto City Council to act to keep the carousel at the Centreville Island, where it has been since 1966. She launched a petition on change.org called “Save Centreville Carousel.” It had nearly 850 supporters as of Sept. 22.
“The Centreville carousel is one of only a handful of Dentzel Menagerie Carousels left in the world and the only one left in Canada,” the petition states. “This hand-carved antique carousel with its pigs, ostriches, cats and rabbits has delighted thousands of children for over half a century and is an important part of Toronto Island, which is the number one destination park for tourists in our city. I hope City Council will agree to preserve this heritage asset in our city so it can continue to bring joy to future generations.”
The Toronto park saw $8 million in lost revenue because of flood-related damages in 2017 and decided to sell the carousel to soften the blow from financial losses. But that plan has drawn criticism from many people who would like to see it stay in Toronto.
View the petition at change.org/p/save-centreville-carousel.