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Arnolds Parks Amusement Park announces new ride for this summer

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ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa (KTIV) -

Arnolds Park Amusement Park announced Monday the addition of a new ride this summer.   

Officials said two donors have donated a new 36 foot 2018 carousel to the amusement park.  

The new ride will be eight feet larger than the current carousel and it will be housed in a gazebo that can be closed in the winter to protect the ride from the elements.

“The staff and amusement park board are very excited about the addition of this new ride,” said CEO Jeff Vierkant. “Our carousel sits at the very front entrance of our Park and this is going to be a show stopper as families walk into our Park.”

The new carousel will have standard horses, but also will include a chariot, a wheelchair chariot, an elephant, a tiger, a lion, and an assortment of other animals. 

It will also include five upgraded large horses for guests to experience.  

“In working with the donors and ride manufacturer, we have come up with a unique, one of a kind carousel that will be a “must ride” for those attending the park this year,” said former CEO Charley Whittenburg. “I have to say the donors and their families have been incredible to work with.  Their vision and effort have made this process very smooth since the start of this project late last year.  We plan on having a recognition event sometime in June to honor their gift and thank them publicly.”

Officials said the donations came from the Restore the Park campaign.  

The Park is finishing up phase 2 of the renovation this spring and summer and expects to start phase 3 right after Labor Day this fall.  

The renovation so far has included a new ticket office, a new parking lot, in park bathrooms, a renovation of the Majestic Pavilion and park administration offices, and an expansion of the Maritime Museum.

The carousel is made by Chance Rides in Wichita, Kansas.

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