Community leaders break ground on Carousel of Dreams

<p>Groundbreaking</p>

Groundbreaking

After nearly a decade of planning and hard work, community leaders in Kennewick break ground on the Carousel of Dreams project in the Southridge Sports and Events Complex.

Project leaders expect to have the carousel put together and ready for riders by next summer.

This morning, dozens of people gathered outside at the complex for the official groundbreaking for the much anticipated project.

There is currently a gazebo where the carousel will be built, so the first step will be to move that to another location at the complex.

Then, crews will start constructing the new facility in March and April.

The carousel will be put together in April and May.

Testing will happen in June, and the plan is to open in July.

"It's really exciting for me. I'm a native of this town and I love projects like this for the community. The one thing about Tri-Cities is we're lacking for arts, entertainment, historical, family, community, and this one qualifies for all of those. So it's really exciting for us to bring it to the community" said Eric Van Winkle, Carousel Foundation.

There is still some fundraising left to be done.

Project leaders have raised about two-thirds of the $1.85 million needed to create the carousel.

The facility for the carousel will also have a banquet room that will be able to accommodate more than 100 people for various events.

Fore more information and updates on the project, click here.