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Sustainable Playland Group Selected to Revamp Playland

Astorino: Letter of intent beomg signed for $34M plan for capital improvements at county-owned park.

Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino said this morning he is signing a letter of intent with a Rye non-profit organization to lead an overhaul of the county-owned Playland park in Rye.

"Saving Playland has been a priority for me since the day I took office," Astorino said. "What do you do with one of the most beautiful pieces of property anywhere, whose amusement park has been an untenable drain on county taxpayers? We started with a blank sheet of paper an asked experts — ranging from industry professionals to school kids who love the rides  — to help us draw a new  future."

Astorino said the letter of intent with Sustainable Playland Inc. is a civic-commercial partnership that preserves tradition by embracing innovation to keep Playland financially sound for generations to come.

Astorino said Sustainable Playland has assembled a team of leading amusement, sports, restaurant and park operators for an effort to revamp Playland, a 100-acre site along the Long Island Sound.

New elements at Playland would include:

- Aqua Zone, with a mini water park and beach attractions

- Outdoor ball fields and an field house with indoor facilities

- A renovation of the Playland ice rink and a new, outdoor winter ice rink

- A Great Lawn, with sweeping views of the Long Island Sound that can be used for a variety of events, such as graduations, concerts and corporate-sponsored events.

Thomas L. Fedele October 11, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Great ideas. How about some nice waterfront restaurants to go with it?
JP October 11, 2012 at 05:39 PM
whatever they do they best leave the Dragon Coaster!!!
Rob Astorino, Westchester County Executive October 11, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Thomas – I’m happy to say that new restaurants are part of the plan. The idea is to make Playland a year-round destination where everybody - singles, couples, families – can find fun things to do there. JP – Rest assured, the Dragon Coaster stays. That was non-negotiable. The Dragon will be breathing fire for kids (and some of us adults) to enjoy for many years to come. You can read more about the plan to reinvent Playland here: http://www3.westchestergov.com/images/stories/pdfs/playlandReinvent.pdf
JP October 12, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Thank you Mr. Astorino. It is an Amercian classic. If there's one thing that must stay it has to be that. How many millions of kids took their first roller coaster ride on it? I know I'll never forget that feeling the first time I was big enough to go on it. And at 52 years old I may have to take another one next year!!! Keep up the good work Mr. Astorino.

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