Sunday, December 18, 2011
Parks seeks vendor for 2 carousels
From the Daily News:
The city is trying once again to lure an operator to take over two historic wood carousels located in Queens parks.
And this time the stakes are higher than ever.
If no concessionaire is found to run both the Forest Park and Flushing Meadows Corona Park carousels, the amusements could be shuttered for the spring and summer season.
But finding someone to run the merry-go-rounds — described as priceless jewels by experts — has not exactly been a walk in the park.
The Forest Park Carousel has sat dormant since the end of 2008. Parks Department officials said they have been unable to find anyone with a viable plan to operate the concession.The Flushing Meadows Corona Park Carousel has remained open, benefiting from its location near the Queens Zoo in the busy park. The city’s contract with its operator, New York One LLC, ends early next year.
Officials are hoping to find a vendor for the Forest Park Carousel by linking it with the more lucrative site in Flushing Meadows.