Brooks Announces Opening & Schedule For Historic Dentzel Carousel At Ontario Beach
County Executive Maggie Brooks announced that the historic Dentzel Menagerie Carousel at Ontario Beach Park in Charlotte, will open for the 2014 Season on Friday, May 23th. This year will be the carousel’s 109th continuous season at the Park, where it first opened in 1905. To mark the first day of the 2014 season, FREE carousel rides will be offered, regardless of age, from 12:00 Noon until 9:00 p.m. on Friday.
“Each year, the Memorial Day holiday weekend in Monroe County kicks off with the opening of our historic carousel at Ontario Beach Park,” said Brooks. “In keeping with an established tradition, we will celebrate opening day of our 109th season with free carousel rides this Friday.”
The County’s carousel was carved and created by the firm of G.A. Dentzel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was installed at Ontario Beach Park in 1905, and has remained in its original location ever since. The carousel is a menagerie model and consists of 52 riding animals and two chariots, set in three rows. The hand-carved animals include: 22 Jumping Horses; 11 Standing Horses; 3 Cats; 1 Deer; 1 Giraffe; 1 Goat; 1 Lion; 2 Mules; 3 Ostriches; 3 Pigs; 3 Rabbits; and 1 Tiger. In 1984, the County initiated a complete restoration of the animals to their original condition. The carousel has also been modified to accommodate ADA accessibility.
The Carousel’s 2014 Operating Schedule is, as follows:
Memorial Day Weekend – Open Friday, May 23 through Monday, May 26
Post-Memorial Day until June 27 – Open Weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
June 27 through Labor Day – Open Daily (7-Days per Week)
Post-Labor Day through Columbus Day – Open Weekends (Saturday and Sunday)
Columbus Day – Open Monday, October 13 (Last Day of 2014 Season)
The Carousel’s 2014 Hours of Operation are: Noon to 9:00 p.m.
The Carousel’s 2014 Price Schedule is, as follows:
Single Ride -- $1.00
Punch Card (12 rides for the cost of 10) -- $10.00 **Valid Any Time**
Wrist Band (Ride All Day) -- $5.00