Restore Oregon is excited to announce that we are launching
a campaign to Re-TURN the Jantzen Beach Carousel!
After spending five years on our list of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places, Restore Oregon is pleased to announce that we have taken ownership of the historic Jantzen Beach Carousel. Today we are launching a campaign to Re-TURN the Carousel to the people of Portland, and asking for everyone’s support to find it a permanent home.
It is no small task to find a new permanent home for our beloved carousel. We need a place, a plan, and a fair amount of money to offset the substantial costs involved in this initial phase. Donations will be used to help cover staff time and the out-of-pocket costs necessary to finding the carousel a new home such as a feasibility study to analyze and recommend locations, a conceptual design for the structure that will house it, and a business model for how it will operate and who will own it.
This priceless emblem of our cultural heritage also represents a significant opportunity for economic development, attracting thousands of visitors and tourists, and providing a much-needed family-friendly activity during rainy months.
A blue-ribbon committee of local leaders has been formed to help us identify a new site and long-term strategy for the carousel that ensures its accessibility to future generations. Former State Senator Margaret Carter, and Oregon “Premier Citizen” Gerry Frank are serving as honorary co-chairs.