The Adirondack Carousel has hired Randy Cross as its project manager.
Marge Glowa chairs the Adirondack Carousel's Board of Directors. She said Monday that Cross will oversee the carousel's construction at the William Morris playground starting this April.
Additionally, Glowa says the carousel expects to open to the public sometime this year.
According to Glowa, Cross is a "well known" builder in the Tri-Lakes area. He was selected as project manager from a pool of three qualified candidates.
Glowa says the carousel group is encouraged by the support it has received from donors thus far. She's also pleased with the dedication of the organization's volunteers - and she thanked the state for providing grants for the project.
"Our board feels confident we will be able to break ground in early April, with a goal of opening sometime in July," Glowa said.
The board hopes to employ "as many local contractors as possible," Glowa says, adding that the project will go to bid as soon as the village of Saranac Lake and the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation lend their final approval.
"We will also be relying on many hands to help us build this one of a kind carousel through in-kind donations of labor and materials," she said.
The carousel will feature hand-carved figures created by a variety of local volunteers and artisans.
Glowa adds that the Adirondack Carousel will be housed in an Adirondack-style pavilion and will feature adjacent space for community workshops, exhibits and special events.
She says the facility will be available for birthday parties, reunions and weddings and will accommodate up to 100 people.
Old playground equipment will be replaced as part of the project, Glowa says.