It’s been a decade since the Euclid Beach carousel came home to Cleveland in hopes of being restored to its former glory. This favorite remnant of the amusement park that once graced Euclid Beach in North Collinwood was purchased at a public auction in 1997, and the horses were restored. Historians raised more than $1.4 million — including about $500,000 from the state — to get the ride back in operation.
But as tends to happen in Cleveland when large sums of money are involved, the plans floundered. There was talk of moving the carousel to Voinovich Park, but nothing ever happened. It soon fell under the watchful eye of the Western Reserve Historical Society, which wisely put the horses in storage — in Macedonia. There they have remained ever since.
This week, the Euclid Beach Park Now group — which wants to bring the carousel back to its original home -- is holding a special exhibit to draw attention to the problem. The free event, which runs Thursday through Sunday at the Arts Collinwood Gallery, 15605 Waterloo Road, promises to feature carousel horses, photos, and artifacts from the park’s brighter days. – Lisa Rab