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Sustainable Playland Group Selected to Revamp Playland

Astorino: Letter of intent is being signed for $34M plan for capital improvements at the 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.
Billy L October 12, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Usually I am on board with Astorino but this is a disgrace. This plan calls for the removal of most of the rides of Playland and turning into something that it is not suppose to be. I support privatization but there were so many better ideas than this one, such as Central Amusements. What's really going on here is that they want their great lawn and sculpture gardens and want to make Playland have less attendance and less traffic in their pristine Rye. Absolutely DISGRACE. My Astorino, you have lost my vote in the future. I like a lot of what you have done for this county because like myself, you are a conservative. But I cannot support someone who supports fundamentally changing a venerable Westchester institution. I understand the need to stem the red ink, but this was the wrong way to do it.
sayitsnotsojack October 14, 2012 at 03:33 PM
With such dire problems in Westchester, this is the item you are going to not support MR. Astorino on. He has tried harder and had more success than any other county executive. He deserves our votes for his good work and efforts.
Billy L October 14, 2012 at 07:29 PM
honestly, Astorino has done a lot of good things but this is the issue I am most passionate about, so yes, reason enough to lose support for him.

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