Private business could operate Golden Gate Park Carousel

The nearly century-old carousel in Golden Gate Park could start turning every day of the week with the company of a family-style food vendor if the right business applies for the job.

The Recreation and Park Commission will vote Thursday on whether to seek proposals to run the vacant food kiosk and the carousel, which only turns on weekends.

The current carrousel is the third one that’s been in the park and was originally carved and manufactured in 1912 in North Tonawanda, New York. Its 62 menagerie animals were at the 1939 World's Fair on Treasure Island and it was originally powered by steam, according to Rec and Park.

The vendor would compete with someone who already sells ice cream, hot dogs and coffee and sometimes brings chairs so people can lounge, said an employee at Sharon’s Art Studio, which sits just across from the carousel.

But the department is looking for something a little more gourmet that’s family style and probably also with a lounging area, according to a Rec and Park official.

According to the Golden Gate Preservation Alliance, the park has a handful of vendors – near the music concourse, at Stow Lake and at the Japanese Tea Garden among other areas.

Commissioners will discuss and possibly approve Request for Proposals on Thursday at 4 p.m. at their regular meeting.

 

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