Will Playland Proposals Push Park Into 21st Century?

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Is it a priceless slice of Americana or a money pit? That’s the debate over the Rye Playland Amusement Park.

WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi reports Westchester County received 11 proposals on the re-invention of Playland for the 21st Century. Now, a 19 member citizens committee is examining the proposals.

“So that committee now has about three months to take a look at them and come back to the county. What’s basically, which of these proposals are feasible? What makes sense for the county?” said Peter Tartaglia of the county’s Parks Department.

WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi finds out the proposal review process

After the committee reviews the plans, Tartaglia told WCBS 880 the county will examine the plans and pick one. The proposed plan ideas are ranging from amusement parks to sporting facilities, anything that would be in an entertainment setting.

“It’s very exciting. Playland is a great place and we’re looking to have it continue through the 21st century in some form,” said Tartaglia.

For this year, Playland is set to open as normal in May.

  • peggy brosnan

    We all went to Rye Playland every year when we were in grammer school. I cant believe its still there! That was over 40 yrs ago!
    It would be wonderful to see it come back to its original state. /the rides were great. I would love to take todays kids there and show them what a real amusement park is.

  • Eric

    The data used to argue that Playland is failing is flawed. You can’t compare Apples to Oranges and that’s what the county is doing since they changed the park’s admission policy. The attendance decline is the result of that policy change.

    Furthermore, Playland is typical of government operated versus private enterprise. It’s got an oversized management team and bloated salaries that are not representative of the amusement park industry.

    Playland is a NATIONAL HISTORIC MONUMENT and should be preserved as-is. There are plenty of other privately owned amusement parks with similar attendance figures that are profitable. This is a stupid political ploy to destroy an American treasure.

    • Wig Wam Willie

      “Playland is a NATIONAL HISTORIC MONUMENT and should be preserved as-is. ”

      Are you wiling to pay the cost of preserving it as-is?

  • fred mason

    Build it and they will come. Tear down the floom ride and the shoot to shoot(water ride) and rebuld the AEROPLANE. Roller coaster on that site.

  • Ken Schaffer

    Unless Playland ends up continuing to be an amusement park, then don’t waste my time or money. If you really want to make an impact and bring the people to the park in droves, REBUILD the old Airplane roller coaster and put it on the original spot where it was once located. You will have roller coaster enthusiasts coming to visit from thousands of miles away and you will put the park on the map once again as a destination amusement park rather than just a local park.

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