Kennewick — The Kennewick Fire Department and CRF Metal Works will install a metal weather vane in the shape of a carousel pony on the top of the cupola of the Carousel of Dreams at the Southridge Sports & Events Complex at 10 a.m. Friday.
The metal weather vane was created by Chris Huffman, owner of Sundown Metal Art in Hermiston, using 14-gauge cold-rolled steel. It was hand pounded.
A grand opening date has not been announced but it is expected to open to the public sometime this summer. Construction has taken longer than expected as the Three Rivers Carousel Foundation has coordinated the time and materials offered at substantially reduced prices by many Tri-City companies.
In all, the project will cost about $3.5 million, including the $830,000 the city of Kennewick spent buying the horses from the historic 1910 Charles Carmel carousel in 2003. After the horses were restored, they sat in storage until 2012, when the city council gave the foundation a last chance to finish the project. Otherwise, the city planned to sell the carousel to recoup its costs.