The carousel at the Balboa Fun Zone in Newport Beach is expected to reopen under new ownership — but far from the waterfront perch where it spun for decades.
Patrick Moore, the longtime operator of the Fun Zone rides, said Thursday that the carousel would be relocated to the inland city of Westminster, close to the 405 Freeway, under a deal still being finalized.
"One of the reasons that I agreed to this sale is that it would keep it nearby and open to the public," Moore said in an email. "Not the ideal place for those of us who remember it from the Fun Zone, but at least we can visit it.
"I wish I had a backyard to keep it in until it could find its way back into Balboa," he added. "But I don't and I am not in a financial position to hold on to it unless it is in use."