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Santa Barbara bids farewell to historic Carousel at Chase Palm Park

Free Carousel carnival to be held Dec. 2

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Carousel rides will soon come to an end in Santa Barbara's Chase Palm Park.

The carousel built in 1916 by Allen Herschell is scheduled to be moved to a historic carousel museum in Hood River, Oregon.

The 40-foot carousel and its hand-carved horses and carriages was restored in 1997. It was in San Diego before being moved to Santa Barbara in 1998. It is owned by Historic Carousels, Inc.

The company recently asked to get out of its 20-year lease early to make the move.

Parks and Recreation Director Jill Zachary said the city agreed. She took her grandchildren for a ride over the weekend.

The Parks and Recreation Department hopes others will enjoy it before its final weekend, the first weekend in December.

That is why the city plans to host a carousel carnival with free rides on Saturday, Dec. 2. Until then, the carousel is open Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Zachary said the city still owns the building that houses the carousel and city leaders will soon have to decide how to use it.

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