Old carousel at Libertyland being disassembled

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The Grand Carousel at the old Libertyland theme park in Memphis is being disassembled.

The city has contracted with the restoration firm Carousels & Carvings Inc. of Marion, Ohio, to disassemble and store the 100-year-old amusement ride.

City chief administrative officer Jack Sammons declined to say where it'll be housed, but said the administration of Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery supports eventually restoring it and moving it to The Children's Museum of Memphis.

The city plans to save nearly $160,000 on private security costs by storing the ride.

But not everyone is happy about the move. Members of the "Save Libertyland" group were on hand Thursday to voice their opinion that the ride should stay where it is.

"I think if it's dismantled and put away people are just going to forget about it," Kristy Witt said.

The carousel is listed with the National Register of Historic Places, and has been valued at more than $1 million.

Libertyland was shuttered four years ago.

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