Save Centreville Carousel
Toronto City Councillor Paula Fletcher is asking Toronto City Council to save the Centreville Antique Carousel.
In a motion that will come before its October 2, 3 and 4, 2017 meeting, City Council will be asked to amend the current license agreement at Centreville to secure the purchase of the heritage carousel.
The Centreville carousel is one of only a handful of Dentzel Menagerie Carousels left in the world and the only one left in Canada.
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. This one is for the kids!
- Toronto City Council
Let's Keep Going Round and Round
Saving Toronto's Antique Carousel
Moved by: Councillor Paula Fletcher
Seconded by: Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam
Centreville's 1907 antique carousel which has delighted thousands of children for over half a century has been put up for sale to recoup the financial losses caused by the extreme flooding on Toronto Island this year.
This incredible and much loved carousel is one of only 125 of its kind in operation in North America. It boasts 53 whimsical hand-carved animals, including cats, pigs, ostriches and rabbits which were lovingly restored in recent years.
The carousel is part of Toronto's history and part of people's histories. Toronto Island is the number one park tourist destination in our city and the carousel is a popular and stunning attraction which draws local and international visitors.
It would be a shame if the rains not only eroded the shoreline of Toronto Island, but also led to the loss of this treasured heritage asset.
Toronto City Council direct the General Manager of Parks Forestry and Recreation, in consultation with the City Solicitor and the Treasurer, to negotiate an amendment to the License Agreement, including potential license fee reductions, for the "Children's Amusement Area", known as Centreville, between William Beasley Enterprises Ltd. and the City of Toronto in order to secure the purchase of the Dentzel Menagerie Carousel owned by the licensee.
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