Coquille carousel talks still going strong

COOS COUNTY, Ore. -- A project that will bring a carousel to the Coquille area is well underway, but it all couldn't be possible without the help of the visionary mind and creative hands of a local wood sculptor.

That wood sculptor is Ken Means. While he has carved many of the animals for the carousel already, he says there is a lot more to be done, and he wants help. "I hope that the whole community gets involved in this," he said. "Not just Coquille, but Myrtle Point, Coos Bay, North Bend, Bandon. I want to draw the community into the project."

He's hoping people across generations will have a special connection with the piece, knowing they contributed to a part of history.

Ben Marchant, the Coquille City Manager, agrees. "The City of Coquille has such a rich heritage and culture, and this could be one more amenity and attraction to that heritage," Marchant said.

Although the carousel won't be up and running anytime soon, the city says all the help they can get will help speed up the project.

In the end, they don't only hope to bring a carousel to the Coquille area, but they hope in the process it unites the community.