KANNAPOLIS – The double-decker carousel at Village Park in Kannapolis is now open for the young and young at heart to enjoy.

This unique park feature is the only double-decker carousel in North Carolina.

It is a 1989 Bertazzon carousel, manufactured in Italy, and has 1,800 lights, Brazilian oak decking and charming hand-painted Venetian murals. The distinct carousel horses rotate to carnival music.

Carousels first originated at fairs in Europe in the 17th century and mimicked the tradition of knights on horses as they jousted in tournaments of skill and athleticism.

The ride accommodates approximately 60 people and is handicap accessible. The carousel is also housed in a beautiful structure in order to protect it from weather damage.

Nearby, you can also enjoy the newly installed soothing water feature. Using rocks, grasses and other natural elements; the waterfall feature creates a great place to relax and enjoy the park.

The carousel and the new water feature will be two new favorite places to visit regularly in Kannapolis.

The carousel will have the same hours as the Splash Pad and Rotary Train Express: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and noon – 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Village Park is located at 700 West C Street with each ride costing only $1.50.

The Background

The carousel and water feature have been a part of the Village Park Master Plan since 2001.

The carousel cost $228,000 and the city built a shelter to cover it.

Kannapolis bought the carousel from a mall that closed in Illinois.

A new carousel could cost between $800,000 to $1 million and a refurbished one from the 1920s runs upwards of $2 to $3 million, officials said during discussion of the purchase.

The operational cost of the carousel will be roughly $17,000 a year.

Get today’s top stories right in your inbox. Sign up for our daily newsletter.

Recommended for you