Rye Playland opened for the season Saturday, more than six months after Superstorm Sandy nearly destroyed it.
Superstorm Sandy ripped parts of Rye Playland from shore, sending the famed boardwalk floating eerily in the Long Island Sound, with benches and lampposts still attached.
There is a tentative deal in place to keep Rye Playland going for the next ten years, but not everyone is on board.
Spring has started with a dose of anxiety for a summer tradition. Repairs have now been delayed at storm-damaged Rye Playland in Westchester County only weeks from the season opening.
Westchester County lawmakers Monday approved two bond acts aimed at funding critical repairs at Rye Playland amusement park, which was damaged severely by Superstorm Sandy.
The jumble of floating lumber up against the seawall at Playland used to be a boardwalk. Part of it was floating eerily just off-shore Friday, complete with lamp posts and benches as if waiting for someone to take a seat.
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For Westchester County, losing $3 to $5 million a year on Rye Playland is no longer going to be an option, according to County Executive Rob Astorino.
Some 3,000 people were part of a Muslim tour group who went to the park Tuesday to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan. Things started to go south, however, when women wearing headscarves wanted to get on some of the rides. Any sort of head covering is banned on the rides for safety reasons.
Westchester County is hosting the event on August 30. County Executive Rob Astorino says the park will first be open only to those with disabilities and then to the general public.
As the band played Saturday morning, Westchester County executive Rob Astorino cut the ribbon and adults and children of all ages walked through the gates.
Rye Playland is getting ready to open for the season this weekend, but it will cost more to go there. It’s not all fun and games for county leaders, as they try to deal with major debt.
There’s trouble in Rye Playand, as the popular county-run amusement park continues to experience declining admissions and rising deficits. Is the beloved summer tradition dying?
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