The Irvine City Council this week approved the purchase of a hand-painted carousel that used to be at Fashion Island in Newport Beach.
The Venetian-themed carousel, which has 32 colorful animal figures and two chariots, can accommodate up to 40 children at a time.
The 38-foot-diameter carousel is expected to become part of the Great Park's Kids Rock playground, which is under construction.
"The carousel will be an attractive addition and will add a dimension to the preview park that I know people will enjoy," Councilwoman Beth Krom said in an e-mail. "What I am proud of is that we are 'pre-activating' the park through the introduction of resources, programs and performances that allow people to come together in a unique space to enjoy themselves."