Re: Caribbean Gardens (Vic.)


Roderick Smith
 

Roderick Smith

Tues.18.5.21 Melbourne 'Herald Sun' NEW LIFE FOR GARDEN RIDES. KIMBERLEY SEEDY
The chairlift and train in work in the halcyon days of he Caribbean Gardens and Market.
SOME historic Caribbean Gardens and Market rides could come to life again, with two popular trains and a chairlift for sale.
The owners of the popular market, which shut in 2020 after 55 years, listed the items for sale online, through expression of interest.
According to the market website, the owners want the “train and chairlift to be removed from Caribbean Gardens grounds and relocated to a place that can utilise the equipment”.
Caribbean Gardens acquired the rides in 1970, with the chairlift relocated from Whistle Stop Amusement Park in Frankston.
The trains have 11 carriages each, with 3.2km of railway also up for grabs.
The operational chairlift, which stretches 306m one way, includes 32 double chairs. According to the website listing, the ride has been regularly maintained and crack-tested.
The future of the site is unclear, with community members desperate to see it reopen to the public.
Many wanted to see public access to the lake, garden and playgrounds at the privately owned site.
Suzy Strati understood why the market had to close. “However, all the rides everyone’s kids loved should be available. Also the Japanese gardens, boat cruises, etc. Why not turn it into a mini adventure theme park. Keep some of it alive,” she said.

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