Groundbreaking: Carousel of dreams

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- After years of delays the effort to bring a carousel to Kennewick broke ground today.

It will be called the Carousel of Dreams.

When it finally opens next summer -- the project will have cost nearly two-million dollars. It was originally taxpayer money but then became a private project using donations. Gesa became a primary sponsor -- chipping in a million dollars.

The carousel will be housed in a new building at Southridge Sports and Events Complex.

"The one-thing about Tri-Cities is we're lacking for arts, entertainment, historical, family community, and this is what qualifies for all of those. It's really exciting for us to bring it to the community," said Foundation Board Chairman Eric Van Winkle.

More than 40 of the horses can be sponsored -- all to raise the additional funds.