Inner Harbor Carousel To Shut Down

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — One of the original Inner Harbor attractions has been told to leave.

As Mike Schuh reports, the city has been in negotiations with the owner of the carousel for years.

On this cold windy day, at 106 years old, this grand lady of a carousel looks her age. But her age is what attracted Mikaela and Margaret to take her picture.

“The carousel is old,” Mikaela Spalding said.

“I thought it was a kick in the teeth,” said owner Richard Knight.

The city is terminating 31 years of lease renewals.

“No, it’s not it. The people won’t let my carousel go,” Knight said.

Knight mortgaged his house to put this here.

The city has noted that the hours have decreased at the carousel and that ridership has gone from a one-time high of 100,000 to less than 10,000 per year.

But to tourists, the carousel is Baltimore, warts and all.

“We walked right past a bunch of things that just got built and walked to this because this is beautiful,” Spalding said.

Beautiful or not, the city says this lot needs to be cleared by March 31 or they’ll remove it.

“I don’t believe that. I think they’ll change their mind. I really do. I feel it in my heart and I know it’s the right thing,” Knight said.

A website and a Facebook page popped up Wednesday to try to get the city to change its mind. Click here for more information.

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  • Tammy

    You know, there aren’t that many things left downtown for children to enjoy. Now they want to take away the last thing that the young kids can enjoy in the summer. Taking away the merry go round is such a terrible idea. The Mayor needs to think about that very hard. She talks about making the City better for children and she keeps taking away from them. Merry go rounds were a part of my childhood, as well as my kids. Parents would actually visit the Inner Harbor just for so their kids could enjoy the merry go round and enjoy ice cream. I better put this with the list of memories of the inner harbor.. Such a bad idea.

  • Donnell

    the carousel should be preserved as a city landmark. Not a good move for Mayor Rawlings-Blake

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