Cupola for Carousel of Dreams arrives in Kennewick
Construction of the Carousel of Dreams in Kennewick takes a big step forward today, as workers deliver the cupola to the construction site this morning.
Workers describe the cupola as the crown of the Carousel of Dreams - it is basically the top of the structure.
The cupola was dropped off at the Southridge Sports and Events Complex this morning - that's where the carousel is begin built.
Crews moved the item from CRF Metal Works in Pasco to Kennewick, and police officers escorted the structure the entire way.
Workers say the cupola is 25 feet wide, weighs more than most cars, and will soon hold a hand pounded copper carousel horse weathervane four stories off the ground.
Those who have been working on the project for years say this is a huge step forward.
"It seemed like an impossible dream for many years and so it's a very emotional day for me. I think I'm gonna be able to jump on a horse and ride into the sunset here very shortly" said Ken Johanning, project organizer.
With the weathervane on top, the entire structure will be 50 feet tall.
Crews plan to lift the cupola to the center of the construction site on Thursday, then start building around it.