The city of Columbus Recreation Department is hoping to provide the old Washington Park merry-go-round with a new home.

The city recently installed new playground equipment at the park and the merry-go-round no longer meets park safety standards. Residents interested in purchasing the merry-go-round can do so through a bidding process. The recreation department began accepting bids Nov. 27 and the sale will run through Friday, Dec. 15.

“The highest bidder will win,” said Recreation Director Amy Jo Meyers. “If it ends up being a tie (for the amount) it will go to whoever has their bid in first.”

Columbus also wants to sell a swing set with a slide attached, which will be included in the merry-go-round purchase.

While Meyers isn’t sure when the merry-go-round was installed, she believes it’s been in Washington Park for more than 30 years.

“It’s in really good shape, yet,” Meyers said. “It really was a nicely-built structure.”

The recreation department, along with the city council, didn’t want to see the merry-go-round discarded or thrown in a trash heap. It’s provided entertainment for countless children through generations and Columbus believes it could still provide years of fun. Meyers said several interested suitors have expressed interest in buying the merry-go-round.

“The money from the sale will go back to the city’s parks,” Meyers said. “What I’m thinking about doing with the money is buying benches and planters to put down at the new playground. Maybe we can plant some trees at the park.”

Bidders can go to cityofcolumbuswi.com, click on the recreation page and download bid information. Those interested may also stop into the Recreation Department, 229 E. School St., and fill out a form. For more information, contact Meyers at 920-623-5936 or send email to recreation@columbuswi.us.

The equipment is being housed at the city’s department of public works, also at 229 E. School Street. Those interested can look at the items before deciding to bid. Once the items are sold, the new owners will be responsible for picking them up and the installation.

Washington Park’s new equipment was funded through community members who raised $27,000 for the park upgrades. New equipment was installed Nov. 17.

“That was really very nice,” Meyers said. “We have very generous people in the community.

“Either way, the old equipment was going to come down; it was not safe anymore. It could have been just an empty spot, but we figured we could raise some money and sure enough we did.”

The city also took down an old merry-go-round at Meister Park last summer. Meyers is pursuing a grant that could bring new equipment to Meister in the coming months.

“We are going to fence it in and it will be 100 percent wheelchair accessible,” Meyers said.

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