Yippee-yi-yo! Saddle-up for a ride on this main attraction and historic landmark featuring 20 hand painted horses. Tickets are only 50 cents per ride.
2020 Hours of Operation: Opening delayed due to Covid-19
May 23 – August 16
Open Monday – Sunday
Weekday Hours: Noon – 8:00 pm
Weekend Hours: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
August 22 – September 27
Open Saturdays and Sundays from Noon – 6:00 pm
Krape Park Carousel History
The Krape Park Carousel has been community favorite and popular regional attraction for sixty years. It was donated to the Freeport Park District by the late Robert Koenig, who served on the Freeport Park Board of Commissioners from 1942 to 1960. The Carousel officially opened on July 4, 1959. It has remained a focal point in Krape Park and averages 30,000 rides each year.
In 1995, nearly 36 years after the initial installation, the Carousel was refurbished. This community project was led by Freeport resident, Gary Carr and included new lighting, admissions booth, upper panels, vinyl canopy, wheelchair ramp and repainting all 20 horses. Artwork in the top oval frames was also updated. The 12 paintings featuring portraits of local historical figures and landmarks that depict Freeport’s rich history. Painted portraits include Robert F. Koenig, Jane Addams, Chief Winneshiek, Tutty Baker, Dr. W.W. Krape, and General Smith D. Atkins. Landmark paintings include the old Stephenson County Courthouse, Brown’s Mill, a farm scene, Freeport High School, First Presbyterian Church and Krape Park waterfall.
Whether you’re a first time visitor to Krape Park or planning your family’s next reunion in the park, be sure to include time to ride the painted ponies!