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Re: Rye Playland Discussion Thread

Postby DizzyDeeds66 » Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:33 am

I forgot to mention that the other really serious problem with Lego Land's proposal as presented live was that it's my understanding there are substantial portions of the park that they do NOT want to oversee, such as the pool, beach, bathhouse, and the Children's Museum they have been trying to complete in unused buildings on the boardwalk for years - oh and include the Ice Casino in that list. It they aren't willing to take on the whole enchilada (and it's a COMPLICATED enchilada that *does* indeed involve a lot MORE than just the amusement rides), they shouldn't have even submitted a proposal. Westchester County would still have had to worry about running all the rest of it, which completely defeats the purpose of hiring another company to outsource the management of the WHOLE PARK to.

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Postby DizzyDeeds66 » Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:41 am

The Boardwalk was NOT destroyed by Sandy. The BACK BOARDWALK, a portion of the whole thing it that ran BEHIND the rides and along up to the lake (which Lego Land ALSO doesn't want any part of) was decimated and no longer exists. The FRONT BOARDWALK is intact and just in need of some repairs, believe me it's still there I look at it every day. I will see if I can post pics for you. The Pier suffered extensive damage but all the repairs are going to go ahead, it was announced a week or two ago that the money is now in place to do this (there was of course a lot of arguing over FEMA money etc. - everyone in the NY/NJ area is dealing with that crap after that hurricane).

Here is a link to a recent article on this issue from our local Westchester paper:
http://www.lohud.com/article/20130130/NEWS02/301300055/Ice-Casino-Playland-boardwalk-repairs-get-bonds-start-soon

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Re: Rye Playland Discussion Thread

Postby JeSsY » Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:51 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coVzlR8mCJo

Judge for yourself. Take your own notes. You may not agree with all of the proposals, but I don't think anyone can deny that every group was represented professionally within their presentations.

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Postby Rai Fox » Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:09 am

Trying to look at that video but it's apparently set to private.

And thanks for all the info so far, DizzyDeeds. I'm from New England but I've not yet had a chance to get to Rye Playland; I had to cancel both attempts to get there so far. Looks like I'd better make sure I get there this summer, just in case...

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Re: Rye Playland Discussion Thread

Postby Parallax » Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:01 am

I've been there once. Dragon Coaster is good fun, but everything else is pretty meh. I don't like the layout of the park that much. It would be cool to have a Legoland close by, but honestly there isn't much you could do to that park, at least in my opinion. I'd love to be proven wrong.
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Re: Rye Playland Discussion Thread

Postby GayCoasterGuy » Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:56 am

I might have missed something... why does the Dragon Coaster need it's name changed to Dragon? Hey, big kids like the Dragon coaster too! I love that ride; so long and layer-y.

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Re: Rye Playland Discussion Thread

Postby larrygator » Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:05 pm

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Rye-Playland-Amusement-Park-10-Year-Plan-Sustainable-Playland-201501541.html

It appears that Sustainable Playland has been chosen to control Rye Playland for the next 10 years. I'm worried that this entity is more concerned with increasing property value for the neighbors than long term vitality for the park, but we'll see.


Tentative 10-Year Deal for Operation of Playland Park
Thursday, Apr 4, 2013 | Updated 4:14 PM EDT

A private partnership has tentatively agreed to manage a county-owned amusement park for at least the next 10 years.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino said Thursday that the money-losing Playland park in Rye could be taken over on Oct. 1 by Sustainable Playland Inc.

However, the company can pull out if approvals are not in place by Jan. 1.

Some approvals must come from the county Legislature. Some members have claimed Astorino has frozen them out of the negotiations.

Astorino announced in October that he had chosen Sustainable Playland after a competition. The group's plan includes keeping Playland open year-round, retaining its historic rides and adding sports fields.

Westchester could receive up to $1.2 million annually.

The art deco amusement park is on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Re: Rye Playland Discussion Thread

Postby Tanks4me05 » Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:54 pm

^So I'm not the only one who has bad feelings about this.

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Re: Rye Playland Discussion Thread

Postby Meteornotes » Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:26 pm

Yeah, not sure that running the park is their number one priority, but I'm not surprised they have been chosen to run the place. Seemed like they were the frontrunner from the beginning.

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Re: Rye Playland Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:50 am

I'm very disheartened by this news. The only good news is that they don't take over until October so we have one more summer of the park in it's current state. I've already expressed my concerns about this group on the last page, I have no idea how they managed to screw this up so badly.

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