Niagara Gazette — Part of the reason for all the anticipation, Proefrock said, is the fact that three non-carrousel rides bring another aspect into the mix, including a pony ride cart, kiddie helicopter ride and kiddie boat ride all created in the 1930s and 1940s in the very building that now serves as the museum. The items were procured from the owners of the old Page’s Whistle Pig in Niagara Falls, while another “car ride” was received from another donor. It will also make the displays safer, more colorful and better protective of those who use them.
“Initially it was supposed to be one open pavilion for picnics, three concrete pads and a fence and there wasn’t even a roof,” Proefrock said. “We were just going to put a canvas over the rides.”
And as construction workers continue to whittle away at on the outdoor exhibit, volunteers are nearly finished refurbishing the rides themselves. In the spring grading, walkways and lighting should round out the effort.
Proefrock said the historic significance of adding the non-carrousel rides created in the second half of the Allan Herschell Company’s existence will bring a more well-rounded exhibit.
“But from an operating perspective it will increase our membership and non-member attendance,” she said. “It’s an exhibit, it’s not just an amusement park. We just hope people are as excited about it as we are, though we expect those who rode these rides at the Whistle Pig.”Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.