It's quite a turnaround for the carousel, which until an operator was found last year was closed and in a state of disrepair with an uncertain future. With the announcement, the carousel is assured longterm preservation.
Community groups have been working for years to save the historic carousel, which was built complete in 1903 and moved to Queens from Massachusetts in 1973 after the parks' original carousel was lost in a fire.
"Even when I was a young boy, I knew the carousel was special,” said Alex Blenkinsopp of the Woodhaven Residents' Block Association, which testified in favor of landmarking the carousel at a hearing two weeks ago. "The carousel is here to stay, and we couldn't be happier."
The carousel was added to the State and National Register of Historic Places in July 2004, but for nearly 20 years LPC refused to consider landmark status, the only designation that would ensure the carousel's preservation.
After she was elected, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley began lobbying the LPC to take action of the carousel.
"Designating the Forest Park Carousel is a tremendous win for our community that once feared it may never spin again,” she said. “Preserving our history strengthens our neighborhoods, and today's decision by the LPC ensures this historic carousel, carved more than 100 years ago, will remain a beloved attraction in Forest Park for future generations."