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Jane’s Carousel Protected from Future Storms

Brooklyn Bridge Park President Regina Myers joined David and Jane Walentas for the installation of a flood protection system around Jane’s Carousel this morning. A donation of the Walentases, it will protect the beloved icon – and the Pavilion by architect Jean Nouvel – from future flood damage.

44 marine-grade panels at 4 feet high and 7 feet wide encircle the Carousel at a cost of $125,000, or just under $2850 per panel. The good news is, you hopefully will never have to see this state-of-the-art structure: it will be stored out of sight and ready to deploy as needed so as not to adversely affect the landscape of the park or enjoyment of the Carousel.

“The carousel provides so much joy to the tens of thousands of children who visit each year, and it broke our hearts to see that put in jeopardy during Hurricane Sandy,” said Jane Walentas. “We hope that by protecting the carousel and pavilion from future storms we can ensure that more children can enjoy the unique thrill of experiencing a vintage carousel in this beautiful park on the East River Waterfront.”

“The image of Jane’s Carousel submerged during Hurricane Sandy will remain in our memories and is a testament to the importance of resilient design and preparedness in the face of climate change,” said Regina Myer. “We are fortunate that our park designers made a conscious effort to design a park capable of withstanding the impact of storms and major floods and applaud David and Jane Walentas’ efforts to plan for the future.”

Adam Goldberg of the firm behind the system, AquaFence, demonstrated just how easily the flood barrier could be erected, assembling one panel in minutes with a hand drill you might find in your own toolbox. Using sandbags it would take almost 3 hours to achieve the same level of protection.

During storm Sandy, Jane’s Carousel was submerged in water – the community can rest easy knowing this gem dating from the 1920s is safe from future storms.

Members of the press watch as  New York representative of AquaFence demonstrated how fast the fence can be erected in the case of a storm.

Jane’s Carousel can be accessed from Brooklyn Bridge Park entrances at Dock Street and Main Street.

(Images: Kate Holmquist for DUMBO Improvement District)