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.
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).
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...
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.
The greatest threat the Corps ever faced was Parallax, an entity that fed on the yellow energy of fear.
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.
As usual, my analysis is free of charge! Original enough to not steal someone else's quote as a signature
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.
These pages are in no way affiliated with nor endorsed by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Cedar Fair, Legoland, Merlin Entertainment, Blackstone, Tussaud's Group, Six Flags, Universal Theme Parks, the Walt Disney Company or any other theme park company.
photos and videos on this website were taken with the permission of the park by
a professional ride photographer.
For yours and others safety, please do not attempt to take photos or videos at
parks without proper permission.
You need a sense of humor to view our site,
if you don't have a sense of humor, or are easily offended, please turn back
Most of the content on this forum is suitable for all ages. HOWEVER! There may be some content that would be considered rated "PG-13." Theme Park Review is NOT recommended for ages under 13 years of age.