$5 million donation for Smale park carousel

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation has announced a $5 million gift to fund the construction of the new carousel in Smale Riverfront Park.

The carousel is expected to be completed by the 2015 MLB All-Star Game in July.

The carousel will be built at the foot of Vine Street on a tree-lined plaza filled with water features. As part of the design, the plaza construction will include a lower floor with a banquet center and park offices.

"This carousel is a gift to the Cincinnati Parks Foundation honoring the life and philanthropy of Carol Ann Haile," said Tim Maloney. "The sparkle, whimsy and pure fun this carousel will provide is a direct reflection of Carol's sparking personality."

The carousel will be 46' in diameter and 20' feet tall, contained in a glass building that will be 70' by 90'. There will be three rows of  animals/characters on the platform for a total of 44. Local artist Jonathan Queen will paint Cincinnati scenes on the carousel.

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