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ABOUT THE CAROUSEL PROJECT
The Edmonton Valley Zoo children’s carousel is one of only two working 1959 Herschel Spillman Children’s carousels in operation, the other of which is in the Herschel museum! For years the carousel has been in a state of overhaul/restoration. Included in the restoration will be 20 all new carved zoo animals, 2 carved “chariots”, new hardwood decking, 52 new decorative panels, new electrical system, new lighting, new sound and PA system and updated drive system all done by the Fort Edmonton Park volunteer carving group and their partners.
The Valley Zoo Development Society is raising funds for both a temporary building and the Carousel’s permanent home at the Edmonton Valley Zoo. Once it is in operation in its new home the Conservation Carousel will be by donation for all children to ride; raising funds for future conservation projects while educating children about the incredible animals they’re enjoying and surrounded by. The Valley Zoo Development Society has committed to raise $280,000 to finish this project.
Keep scrolling to see 4 ways you can help!
1. MAKE A DONATION
Make a donation through Canada Helps of $25 or more and we’ll mail you a Carousel Coloring Book and a tax receipt for your donation!
3. PURCHASE A CARVING
Purchase one of the ½ size hand carved works of art in the Zootique!
FORT EDMONTON CARVERS
The Fort Edmonton Park volunteer carvers and their partners have been working to restore The Edmonton Valley Zoo children’s carousel with 20 all new carved zoo animals, 2 carved “chariots”, new hardwood decking, 52 new decorative panels, new electrical system, new lighting, new sound and PA system and updated drive system. Once complete the carousel will be available for children to enjoy, all while raising money for future conservation projects
Allan Herschell formed his first company in 1872. He produced his first carousel in 1883. After a very productive life in the amusement ride business, he retired in 1911. He came out of retirement and formed the Allan Herschell Company with partners John Wendler and Ferdinand W. Fritchie in 1915. In the early 1920’s, he developed a merry-go-round that was on a smaller scale and built for children. Prior to this, the carousel or merry-go-round was considered an adult ride. The animals on the adult rides were hand carved of wood. The animals on this smaller machine were made of cast aluminum, two halves that were welded together. The decoration on the machine was very similar to the adult size rides. Mr. Herschell died in 1927.
THANK YOU TO OUR SEAT SPONSORS
In Memory of Sharon Murray
Monica & Marvin Zeniuk
Misty and Tyler Totman – Encouraging Imagination & Creativity
Michael and Miyako Walker
Members of the Lions Club of Castledowns 2015Snow Leopard
In Loving Memory of Tim ClapsonSturgeon
Proudly Sponsored by Kevin & EllenArctic Fox
In Memory of Bill Hollands
Anna & Richard Fahrion
Great Horned Owl
Great Grey Owl
In Honour of Volunteers; Our City’s Life Blood (2017)
Proudly Sponsored By Rebecca & Trevor Flynn
Proudly Sponsored By Dave & Laurie Boadway in Honour of Our Grandchildren
Proudly Sponsored By C & G Cameron in Honour of Our Beloved Lucy
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