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Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel reopens after closing due to pandemic

Posted at 1:44 PM, Mar 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-28 13:45:01-04

CLEVELAND — For more than a century, the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel has been bringing joy to riders around the world with its ornate horses and pipe organ music.

But last year, the rides came to a stop because of the pandemic.

“We closed the museum on March 13 last year and we haven't had it up for rides,” said Angie Lowrie, Director of the Cleveland History Center.

However starting on Sunday, visitors can enjoy this piece of Cleveland nostalgia once again thanks to new safety protocols and coordination with local health officials.

Masks and social distancing will be required, but riders won’t have to worry about a token for a ride on the famous carousel. Rides will be unlimited, but they’ll also be timed and new spacing will be put into effect.

“These horses will be marked, so you'll know which horses are available for rides,” said Lowrie. “We can make sure our riders are safely spaced apart. And then we have the timing that allows us to wipe down and sanitize each horse before the next riders come on and ride.”

If you’ve been on the carousel before, there are some new artistic elements you should keep your eye out for or you can grab the Carousel Passport Book where you can check off which of the 58 horses you’ve taken a ride with.