105th Carousel Anniversary

This year we will be celebrating the 105th birthday of the C.W. Parker Carousel here at The Rides at City Park. The event will be Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 5:00pm-9:00pm.

This year we will be celebrating the 105th birthday of the C.W. Parker Carousel here at The Rides at City Park.  In 1911 #72 was built by the Charles Wallace Parker Amusement Devices Company of Abilene, Kansas.  The original #72 had two standard Parker chariots, one being replaced by a Parker Spinning Lover's Tub.  In the 1940s, Johnson Electric converted #72 to electricity and the carousel was situated southwest of the main gate of City Park until 1951, the carousel and a new playground were installed north of the zoo pens.  The carousel operated there until 1983 in conjunction with The Rides at City Park that were purchased in 1955. This area is now the park playground.

The C.W. Parker Carousel in City Park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of Interior in April 1983.  It became the focal point of The Rides at City Park and the grand opening was held May 24, 1985, exactly 71 years after #72 opened at Lake Minnequa Park.