DARTMOUTH - A trio of women are hoping to bring a little magic to the Dartmouth waterfront with a uniquely HRM carousel.
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Spinning carousel lights motion in amusement park at night.
Megan Blumenthal, a Dartmouth resident with a background in community development, teamed up with local artists Kate Hamilton and Sarah Douglas when they were left uninspired by the ‚Äútypical municipal discussions‚ÄĚ about improving the city.
They decided on a carousel where local businesses could sponsor a seat, then partner with an artist to design a unique creature or object representing our local culture.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs excellent space, and it turns into something quite magical,‚ÄĚ Blumenthal said. ‚ÄúIt would be such an exciting draw for downtown Dartmouth.‚ÄĚ
Blumenthal said the carousel would fit well with the development of the Dartmouth boardwalk, and would like to see some greenspace and local vendors in the area as well.
Although Blumenthal said they only began approaching businesses and local politicians over the weekend, there‚Äôs been a lot of buzz around the idea and everyone has been excited to jump on board.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt think any idea is too whimsical,‚ÄĚ said Tim Rissesco, director for the Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission Rissesco on Monday.
‚ÄúThese are the kind of fun things we need in our downtown.‚ÄĚ
Blumenthal said the project would likely be privately funded with a mix of public money, and a meeting will be held soon to give the public and business owners more details.
She said there‚Äôs no date in mind for when the carousel could be built since they want to ‚Äúdo this right‚ÄĚ and make a permanent installation, so Blumenthal‚Äôs team plans on lobbying HRM to make the idea part of the Dartmouth boardwalk initiative.
‚ÄúThis is something that‚Äôs unique,‚ÄĚ Blumenthal said. ‚ÄúIt is something that features the vibrancy of Halifax, of Darmouth, of our culture. I think it‚Äôs a great way to celebrate it.‚ÄĚ