‘Round and ‘Round With Carol Trawick

The local philanthropist is a sponsor of the Dentzel Carousel’s 100th anniversary.

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Carol Trawick at Glen Echo Park's Dentzel Carousel
Photo by David Stuck

Local philanthropist Carol Trawick is a longtime supporter of Glen Echo Park and a sponsor of the Dentzel Carousel’s 100th anniversary.

Q: What drew you to the cause of Glen Echo Park and the Dentzel Carousel?


A: It started when I had first moved, some 30 years ago. The neighborhoods were very concerned because there were rumors floating that, with the dilapidated condition of the park, the park service would sell it to a developer. The neighborhoods really were concerned, and we ended up organizing a foundation, and I became the chair of that foundation.

Q: What are the different ways you’ve supported the carousel and park over the years?

A: We worked to get the first county grant to preserve that marvelous carousel. With that, we got a matching grant from the state for $300,000, so that was the initial start of community involvement in preserving the park for people of all ages to enjoy.

Subsequently, I was involved again when the state, county and park services agreed that Montgomery County could manage the park. This was such a wonderful facility, even in its state, and how could we preserve it for the community in the future?

Q: What do you want people to know most about the carousel?

A: You get on one of those horses, and no matter what age you are, you’re back in childhood with all of those wonderful joys and the dreams. You could make that horse gallop into wherever you wanted to go, or ride the ostrich, or the lion. It’s just a magical place.

A version of this story first appeared in the April/May 2021 issue of Montgomery Magazine.

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