A Carousel for Missoula #FamilyFun #Montana

A Carousel for Missoula #FamilyFun #Montana

“If you will give it a home, and promise no one will ever take it apart, I will build A Carousel for Missoula.”  That was the promise Missoula cabinet-maker Chuck Kaparich made to the Missoula City Council in 1991.  Kaparich, who had spent many childhood hours on the carousel at Columbia Gardens in Butte, Montana, had already carved four carousel ponies and had purchased an antique frame in thousands of pieces.  The Council agreed and Kaparich’s dream of A Carousel for Missoula became the dream of a community. ~From the carousel website.  

View of the river and Brennans Wave
Photo Credit:  Visit Missoula

Hubs on the carousel

       Last week we went downtown to see the Carousel for Missoula with my Mama, Mr. R, and Hubs.  :)  It was so much fun having them in town, and to see Missoula through other peoples eyes.  This is the first time that I got to ride the Carousel!

My Mom and Mr R riding the carousel

     A Carousel for Missoula is located right in the heart of downtown Missoula, MT and on the banks of the Clark Fork River.  Theres a park, and  childrens playground called Dragon Hollow all located next to the carousel.  One thing I liked is the parking, most of the time downtown you have to parallel park on the street, but A Carousel for Missoula has its own parking area and it was only 50 cents an hour to park!  

     We saw families having birthday parties in the party zone, kids playing, Grammies sitting down watching their grandchildren laugh.  It was just a nice setting for a fun family afternoon.  When it was our turn to ride, the carousel came to a stop and they let everyone off.  But instead of letting the next group on right away, they were manually pushing the carousel backwards and I was not sure what that was about.  
     Then we saw the ramp.  The gate attendant and 2 other workers pulled out a ramp for the carousel, and went to one of the chariots and removed the bench.  I was thoroughly confused until we saw a little girl, who was only about 5-6 years old being brought up onto the carousel.  They had special straps and belts to hold her wheelchair in place on the chariot and took great care to make sure she was ready for a fun time!  A Carousel for Missoula, really is a place for everyone to enjoy!
     I ended up riding in another chariot, while everyone else in our party rode a horse.  The carousel moved pretty quickly too, and they even have a game built into it.  If you catch the Golden Ring during your ride, you get a free ride!

Caras Park next door to the Carousel
Photo Credit – Visit Missoula

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