It appears people may be able to ride the historic merry-go-round at Ross Park on Binghamton's South Side this season.

The city was awarded a state grant six years ago to help cover the cost of restoring the park's carousel. But the work on the project has been delayed by bureaucratic red tape.

Ross Park Zoo executive director Phillip Ginter said city representatives have indicated the carousel "actually may be open this season."

Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program, Ginter said "stay tuned... We're hoping to be able to make an announcement" that the oldest carousel in Broome County could operate this year.

The carousel in Binghamton's Ross Park was installed in 1920. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Ginter on Monday said the parks department may be able to complete any necessary repair work so the ride may run this summer.

Mayor Richard David did not return a call seeking comment on the matter. When he discussed the delayed restoration project with WNBF News last month, he did not mention a possibility that the carousel could operate during the upcoming season.

A sign at the Ross Park carousel on May 24, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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