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Savannah Mall opens double-decker carousel

Savannah Mall opens double-decker carousel

by Coastal Mommies... on Sat, 03/23/2013 - 9:25am

The Savannah Mall unveiled a double-decker carousel as its newest attraction on Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring local dignitaries and members of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce.

Located in the mall’s food court, the two-level carousel is the first of its kind in Savannah and, according to owner/operator Fun Brands Carousels, the only one of its kind in Georgia. The wildlife-themed carousel stands 28 feet tall and features hand-crafted and hand-painted animals. In addition to showcasing traditional animals such as horses, the double-decker carousel has an okapi and a lemur.

“A ride on a carousel is timeless. It’s something that brings back memories of our youth and can build a lifetime of memories with our children,” said Lee Knowlton, president and CEO of Fun Brands Carousels.

During the ribbon-cutting, animals from Oatland Island Wildlife Center of Savannah were on hand to greet visitors in celebration of the carousel and its wildlife theme. Their appearance is part of a community partnership between Oatland Island and the Savannah Mall that will include community educational events and other special activities.

“The partnership with Oatland Island is a great example of the new direction that we’re taking at the Savannah Mall,” said general manager Phil McConnell. “One of our priorities is creating fun and educational opportunities for children and families. The programming we’re planning with Oatland Island will give families additional access to the many great resources they have there.”

 

- Savannah Morning News

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