The rounding boards also underwent a restoration as many layers of paint were scraped off to expose the original scenes underneath. Several local artists restored the original paintings to the beautiful condition presently on the Carousel.
The inner scenery panels that rest above the mirrors on the center pole were also missing their original canvases. Descriptions of the original scenes were described by persons riding our Carousel when it was in Ohio, and these descriptions combined with photos from another Dentzel machine similar to ours, were put together with Karen and Duane Burchett's help. These are the paintings you see today when you visit the Carousel.
In January 1985, the Carousel was completely taken apart and the mechanical parts were thoroughly checked, cleaned, repaired and/or replaced by Mr. Tom Wolf of Tennessee, the City Maintenance Department, and local businesses. With new jumping gears donated by Lessona, Inc., the machine is one of the newest "Old" Machines around today.
Season passes to this Historical Treasure are available through the Recreation & Parks Department's Administrative Offices or the City Park Concession Area during normal operational hours. The Carousel is open Easter weekend and each weekend until school is out for the summer. Once school is out the summer hours of operation are Tuesday through Sunday until schools begin in the fall. The Carousel is available for school groups and organizational outings from Easter until school is out in the spring.