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Bette Largent, who literally wrote the book on caring for carousels, was honored at a ceremony last week by the Spokane Park Board. She’s been the caretaker of the historic 1909 carousel in Riverfront Park since 1992.
The Looff Carrousel has gone round and round for the last 110 years and the anniversary will be celebrated Thursday as part of National Carousel Day.
The Spokane Parks Foundation will recognize Riverfront Park campaign benefactors by awarding naming rights and putting plaques with donor names on some of its new features. The foundation launched the capital campaign with a goal of $3 million in 2018 to supplement the $64 million redevelopment bond approved by voters in 2014.
Family, friends and colleagues of the late Spokane Parks Director Bill Fearn gathered in Riverfront Park Monday to remember his legacy by setting aside a portion of the park as a conservation area named in his honor.
All participants will receive a free ticket to the carrousel, while supplies last.
Walking through the Riverfront Park maintenance building is like passing through a cross section of history, with oddities from the park’s past tucked into every corner. Here, the Skyride gondolas from Expo ’74; there, pieces of the old tarp from the U.S. Pavilion; elsewhere, the former motor drive from the Looff Carrousel.
Before Spokane Mayor Dave Condon cut the ribbon Saturday to signal the reopening of the revamped Looff Carousel, hundreds of post-Junior Lilac Parade patrons strolling through Riverfront Park were given a swift history lesson.
The 109-year-old attraction will return to Riverfront Park in a brand new building at a ceremony following the Lilac Junior Parade, officials said Thursday. Rides will cost $2, and completion of the attraction marks about the one-third mark of the $64 million renovation of the downtown park.
The new home of the 109-year-old attraction is scheduled to open later this spring in time for Bloomsday, park planners said during a tour of the site Thursday. The building and surrounding renovations to the Rotary Fountain, cafe and a boardwalk are expected to cost about $10.5 million.
Redevelopment of Riverfront Park is taking shape as construction reaches a midpoint on the south bank and buildings rise from the ground
In a brief 24-year period, an area near where the Looff Carrousel now sits housed hundreds of Japanese and Chinese immigrants. Recent archaeological finds could be evidence of their culture, but the unearthed porcelain artifacts bear no definitive clues about their origin.
Construction of a new home for the Looff Carrousel, the Howard Street bridge replacement and an ice ribbon skating facility are all on schedule despite a cold and snowy winter, park officials said Thursday during a walking tour of the sites.
Riverfront Park, a friend observed the other day, is as important to Spokane as Disneyland is to Anaheim. If that’s the case – and I can’t disagree – then you could argue that the Looff Carrousel is our Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.
The bid from Walker Construction is about $29,000 more than what was budgeted for the project, according to the Parks Department, but is within contingency reserves for construction. The new home for the 1909 carousel, named for its designer, is slated to open in February 2018.
The horses spun and children laughed as families turned out Saturday for one last ride on Riverfront Park’s vintage Looff Carrousel before it is put into storage on Jan. 1.
Three architectural firms have been chosen to design a new building for the historic Looff Carrousel in Riverfront Park.
The National Carousel Association returns this week to Spokane – home of a 101-year-old Looff Carrousel – for the group’s annual convention to promote and protect carousels around the country. Wendy Kirbey, of Albany, Ore., is attending her first convention as chairwoman of a community effort to rebuild a carousel in her hometown. Community volunteers there are building new figures for a historic carousel frame, and they hope to have the ride running in their historic downtown south of Portland four years from now.
The National Carousel Association returns this week to Spokane – home of the 101-year-old Looff Carrousel - for the group’s annual convention to promote and protect carousels around the country.
Two events this weekend at Riverfront Park will celebrate the centennial of Spokane’s Looff Carrousel.