The historic carousel in Recreation Park on the West Side of Binghamton has been repaired and has started operating for the season.

The merry-go-round broke down last month, three days before it was scheduled to go into service.

Mayor Richard David Tuesday morning announced the repair work had been completed on the carousel, which had been installed in 1925.

David expressed disappointment that the start of the carousel season in Binghamton was delayed because of the trouble with the Rec Park attraction. But he said he was pleased the repairs didn't take too long to complete.

The mayor had been planning to join students from the nearby Horace Mann Elementary School on May 24 for a ceremonial "First Ride" event on the merry-go-round.

The event now is scheduled to take place on Thursday afternoon.

The city's other carousel is located at the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park. That ride will not operate for a second season while it awaits a planned restoration project.

Things looked bleak for Recreation Park carousel fans early on June 5, 2018. But the ride was repaired a few hours later. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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