The figures on the carousel will represent many areas of life, history and culture in the Greater Cincinnati area. The figures themselves along with their trappings will reflect river life, sports, Cincinnati cuisine, iconic places, transportation, history, business, the arts, the seasons and folklore.
The carousel is named for Carol Ann Haile, who, along with her husband Ralph, had a passion and commitment for communities on both banks of the Ohio River. Together, they had the desire to advance the quality of life for the Greater Cincinnati region.
In May of 2013, The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation announced that the foundation was making a $5 million gift to fund the construction of the new carousel in Smale Riverfront Park. “This carousel is a gift to the Cincinnati Parks Foundation honoring the life and philanthropy of Carol Ann Haile,” said Tim Maloney. “The sparkle, whimsy and pure fun this carousel will provide is a direct reflection of Carol’s sparking personality.”
The Foundation’s efforts and resources are concentrated in areas about which Carol and Ralph were most passionate: Arts and Culture, Community Development, Education, and Human Services.
In 2013, the Cincinnati Parks Foundation received a generous gift from the Anderson Foundation to underwrite the Annie W. & Elizabeth M. Anderson Pavilion in Smale Riverfront Park. The Pavilion, located at street level underneath the Carousel, will offer a 350+ seat conference facility. As part of this gift, the Longworth Room and Mendenhall Room will be established in honor of the donors.
Elizabeth Mendenhall Anderson and her sister, Annie Wallingford Anderson, descendants of Nicholas Longworth, were longtime Cincinnati philanthropists who supported numerous area charities throughout their lives, including the Krohn Conservatory and the Cincinnati Zoo. The Anderson Foundation, established in the late 1990s, works to support many of the charitable causes the sisters championed during their lifetimes.