November 14, 2012

The Dentzel Carousel: Keeping out the cold

Grant helps Carousel’s effort to become more energy efficient

by Jason M. Rodriguez

LOGANSPORT — Work has begun to seal the four garage doors on the Carousel building’s east and west side in Riverside Park, which will eliminate the feel of an open-air carousel ride.

Susan Hicks, office manager of the Carousel, said Logansport-based Harris Glass Co., and Coffing’s Ro-Way Door Sales and Service began replacing the garage doors earlier this month with windows to match the existing surrounding windows.

Hicks said the move, which was made possible through a $10,000 Cass County Community Foundation grant, is to reduce heat costs.

“Our utilities are not the best,” she said. “We lose a lot of heat through east and west doors.”

Hicks said the project, overall, will cost a little more than $17,000, with the remainder of the money coming from the Carousel’s board.

Linda Klinck, who was president of the Cass County Carousel at the time the building was built, said Monday she’s not critical of the board’s decision to switch from garage doors to solid windows.

“We wanted the open-air feel of the Carousel to maintain the full effect of when it was first built,” she said. “It certainly is a different effect not having those doors open.

Hicks said she enjoyed the outdoor feel the Carousel had, but the practicality of having that and maintaining a fiscally responsible winter budget was getting cost prohibitive.

“I think their intentions were very good at the time, when they built this 17 years ago, to have that outdoors effect,” she said. “We’re really hoping that this is going to help our utilities. It should. There’s no reason it shouldn’t.”