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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Coeur d' Alene Carousel finds it's new home

A highlight to a trip to Spokane is usually a visit to the landmark carousel at Riverfront Park Downtown but did you know Coeur d' Alene once had a carousel of it's own? That carousel was a favorite of many who once visited the Playland Pier a now long gone theme park that was built on a pier jetting out into Lake Coeur d' Alene in between City Park and Downtown Coeur d' Alene. The carousel was a fixture at the pier from the early 1940's thru the 1970's leaving many who grew up around Coeur d' Alene fond memories.

The carousel left Coeur d' Alene for a few decades until 2011 when John and Pat Foote paid 200,000 to purchase back the carousel and it now sits in storage somewhere in Coeur d' Alene.

But now the foundation working along side of  the local urban renewal agency the Lake City Development Corporation ( LCDC ) have found it a home and one that will sure add to somewhat struggling area,Riverstone. LCDC and the Coeur d' Alene Carousel Foundation plan to build a new building near the lake in the Riverstone Park. It's unclear as to when the carousel will be open again to the public and what,if anything might also be built at the carousel building's site but we should know more in near future.

For more info on the non-profit Coeur d' Alene Carousel Foundation visit-
www.cdacarousel.org