Most towns and cities have playgrounds, but can they boast that they have a carousel? In the nation’s oldest city, St. Augustine, there is a unique-looking carousel, said the movers Jacksonville, Fl.
With 20 gaily painted horses that go up and down and two chariots, the J&S Carousel plays music reminiscent of old-time circuses and country fairs. Built in 1927, it was known as a C.W. Parker Carousel and bought by Ringling Brothers Circus performer Gerald Soules. After his death, his brother, James, inherited the carousel. To honor his brother’s memory, he decided to “keep it going” for children and the young-at-heart. Except for a short hiatus to make some repairs — Soules does all painting and repairing of the carousel—it has made its home at 180 San Marco Ave. since 1992. The carousel, which features its own ticket booth, charges one dollar per rider. “It’ll always be a dollar,” said Soules in a recent phone interview.
Situated across the street from St. John’s County Public Library, the carousel is housed inside Davenport Park, a fully handicapped-accessible park that includes a climbing structure, swings and slides, as well as a picnic area, said the movers Jacksonville, Fl.
J&S Carousel is open year-round, seven days a week. Hours of operation are: Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m to10 p.m.
This is a great place to bring youngsters and, last but not least, the entire park is fully enclosed.
You’re never too old to ride the carousel, said the movers Jacksonville, Fl.