SALISBURY, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — After being absent for decades, a Looff-Mangel carved carousel was secured and planned for installment at Salisbury Beach. The Salisbury Beach Partnership announced Wednesday that the existing structure at 7 Broadway will be replaced by a year-round operating carousel pavilion.
The Broadway Flying Horses at Salisbury Beach was the name of the original carousel, but after 60 years of operation, the attraction was moved to Santa Monica, California in 1976.
In 2019, the Partnership acquired one of the few remaining menagerie carousels that was hand-carved by Looff-Mangels. The incoming piece was created in 1909, appearing nearly identical to the one lost. "It will be a genuine post and beam structure, so it's going to look authentic both on the inside and outside," said President of the Partnership Wayne Capolupo.
The Partnership also announced that an "Adopt A Horse" program will provide local businesses, organizations, and families the opportunity to sponsor a carousel animal for 20 years.
"It's going to set the tone that Salisbury Beach is back, and very family oriented as it once was. If we're going to come this far we might as well go that extra mile and make it really top-shelf," said Capolupo.
The Partnership predicted that the carousel would be operational in the next two years, with a projected opening in Spring of 2023.
WBZ's Kendall Buhl (@WBZKendall) reports.