2.1.16: City workers help fix up carousel at Windmill Island Gardens
HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — The Dutch carousel at Windmill Island Gardens in Holland is in better shape thanks to the work of city mechanics who usually fix plow trucks and other city vehicles.
The Holland Sentinel reports the carousel’s drive wheel was cracked and dry and the entire driveshaft needed repair.
Holland’s transportation director Brian White says mechanics Barry Wassink and Jeff Smit worked on the project. White says: “Oftentimes, our mechanics go unnoticed … but it’s projects like this that showcase their abilities and the capabilities we have at the city.”
The mechanics rebuilt the driveshaft with modern parts.
The hand-painted carousel is undergoing restoration by local artists. It was built in 1908 and bought in the 1970s by the city of Holland, which is known for its Dutch heritage.