Funding for carousel rehabilitation
#LSN_Outdoors #LSN_Tourism Ruberto, Rusnak, Donna Gilhooly, Co-Chair Carousel Committee and Lorraine Lortie-Krawczuk, President of The Friends of Chippewa Park
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - December 9, 2017 (LSN) Local families and visitors to the City of Thunder Bay and Fort William First Nation will benefit from the rehabilitation and upgrading of Chippewa Park’s nearly 100-year-old C.W. Parker carousel thanks to an investment of $100,000 from the Government of Canada.
Built in 1915 and located at Chippewa Park since 1935, the C.W. Parker carousel is one of only three such attractions in the world still operating today. Given its age and the hundreds of thousands of children and adults it has entertained over its lifespan, the carousel’s wooden horses, display panels, electrical system and other features are in need of restoration. With the help of the Government of Canada, through FedNor, and the City of Thunder Bay, 14 of the carousel’s 28 horses will be professionally restored during this first phase of rehabilitation.
Investment was announced today by Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Rainy River, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedNor, the Government of Canada’s economic development organization for Northern Ontario.
“On behalf of the Friends of Chippewa Park, I would like to thank FedNor for this investment. The carousel and Chippewa Park have been a favourite destination for local families and visitors for nearly 100 years. Thanks to this investment, we will preserve a piece of our history and ensure that the carousel can be enjoyed by many more generations of children of all ages.” Lorraine Lortie Krawczuk President of The Friends of Chippewa
The Friends of Chippewa Park. The Government of Canada commitment to the restoration of this important cultural and recreational asset is vital to the efforts of The Friends of Chippewa Park and to the City of Thunder Bay…and the City of Thunder Bay is pleased to join with the Government of Canada in this restoration by committing $200,000 towards the project.” Aldo Ruberto, Acting Mayor, City of Thunder Bay
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