Jantzen Beach Carousel, in storage somewhere near Portland

Jantzen Beach Carousel, Portland







Jantzen Beach Carousel, Portland


  • Location: Jantzen Beach Center, Portland
  • Built: 1921
  • Built By: C.W. Parker Amusement Co.
  • Designation: Formerly listed in National Register of Historic Places
  • Significance: Although built in Kansas and located in California in the early 1920s, the Carousel has been a fixture of North Portland’s Hayden Island since the opening of Jantzen Beach Amusement Park in 1928. The Carousel is eligible for relisting in the National Register.

News and Updates

Summer 2016

Commissioner Nick Fish’s office receive confirmation from owner that the Carousel is in storage in Portland

January 2016

Jantzen Beach carousel’s whereabouts remain a mystery

July 2015

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish “Finds” the Carousel!

December 2014

Location and condition of carousel cannot be verified

May 2014

No update available on status of carousel

Summer 2013

Carousel owner will take no action until Columbia River Crossing issue is resolved

May 10, 2013

Kudos to Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish, who stepped up on behalf of efforts to save the carousel. After months of receiving no response from Edens, a dialogue was started. We are cautiously optimistic this icon will be relocated in Portland and passed forward to future generations. At this moment, it remains in storage.

April 4, 2013

Elected leaders from Metro, Multnomah County, and City of Portland calling meeting to determine options for restoration.

January 8, 2013

Jantzen Beach Carousel listed as one of the Heritage Turkeys of 2012

January 2013

Restore Oregon and local advocates meeting with policy-makers to identify potential relocation options, should carousel not be returned to Jantzen Beach

December 2012

Edens confirms dismantled carousel is being stored on Jantzen Beach

July 19, 2012

Home for Jantzen Beach carousel unclear in shadow of Columbia River Crossing
Outlet: The Oregonian

July 1, 2012

Carousel has been dismantled and building demolished. Restore Oregon working with local partners to find strategy for reuse.


The Jantzen Beach Carousel was built by the Charles Wallace Parker Company in Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1921. C.W. Parker was the self-described “American Amusement King,” building only three or four carousels the size of the one on Jantzen Beach.

When the Carousel arrived in Portland in 1928, it was one of 28 rides located at the Jantzen Beach Amusement Park, known locally as the “Million Dollar Playground.” From 1928 into the 1960s the Amusement Park was frequented by up to 725,000 people annually, however, by 1970 attendance had dipped to the point that the Park was closed.

In 1972 the Jantzen Beach Center mall replaced the Park, keeping a relocated Carousel as a reminder of the property’s past. In 1995 the carousel and each of its 72 horses were carefully restored and reincorporated into Jantzen Beach Center.

Why It’s Endangered

On April 22, 2012, the Carousel was closed to the public in anticipation of a $50 million remodel of the Jantzen Beach Center by EDENS, a South Carolina-based developer and real estate holding company.

While EDENS has publically committed to retaining the Carousel on-site at Jantzen Beach Center, the firm’s site plans do not show a dedicated location for the Carousel.

Given the Carousel’s unique design and high-level of significance to generations of Portlanders, its continued operation on Hayden Island is critical to passing forward the last remnant of the property’s former life as an amusement park and to creating a unique shopping destination for Oregonians and Washingtonians alike.

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3 Responses to Jantzen Beach Carousel, Portland

  1. Patrick June 7, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

    How can folks help get the carousel a home and active again??!!

    Are you close to finding a new home for it??

    • Brandon Spencer-Hartle June 9, 2014 at 10:15 am #

      Good question! We have been working with a small committee to negotiate with the carousel’s owner, EDENS, for two years. As of now, our understanding is that the carousel is still in storage in Jantzen Beach with no plan for its return to service.

      • Julir June 15, 2014 at 7:59 am #

        That is a bummer. We currently happen to be back visiting family and are staying just over the bridge in Vancouver. Wanted to take the kids to see the iconic carousel that both my husband & I grew up visiting on a monthly basis. My Mother used to tell stories of her visits to the park when she was young. I remember when the mall had water tube slides! But always loved the carousel!

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