I would rather see a new Legoland built from the ground up then converting an old amusement park and removing a good chunk of the rides. Zamperla would probably be the best owner of the property. Or maybe Palace Entertainment?
The Westchester County Board of Legislators is going to consider leasing the county-owned Playland to a partnership between Central Amusements and Standard Amusements, the two remaining companies that had responded to a request for proposals to operate the facilities.
The move comes after Sustainable Playland, Inc., the non-profit organization selected to run it, exercised its right to terminate its asset management agreement.
County Legislator Kenneth Jenkins, who had filed a lawsuit challenging the agreement with Sustainable Playland, announced he ended the legal action.
“The combined talents of these two world-class amusement operators and their confirmed investment of $25 million into Playland with a guaranteed minimum payment to Westchester County is a win-win-win situation for this great park’s future and the county’s taxpayers,” said Jenkins.
He said he hopes legislation approving the new partnership group can be considered and adopted in time to positively impact the 2015 county budget.
Just visited Playland for the first time yesterday, and actually really loved the park. I do have a soft spot for little, traditional parks like this one; I usually enjoy them far more than big corporate parks, really, even without any major coasters. Playland definitely needs TLC and the crowds were...not exactly classy...but the actual rides seem to be in good condition beneath the faded paint, and run quite well. Derby Racer is absolutely awesome, the dark rides are charming, and the Dragon coaster was quite a bit better than I expected...no world class woodie but definitely worth riding. Even the Volare's not really that bad. The flats seem to to be run at pretty serious speeds, too, so even the common stuff compares pretty well to other similar rides.
The park definitely needs some work in places, but it seemed like it has real potential, if it just gets an owner that actually cares about it a little bit. If the partnership with Central Amusements and Standard Amusements works out, I'm really looking forward to seeing where the place goes. I'll definitely be going back myself.
Sadly no pictures since their bag policy meant my phone stayed in a fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo all day.
I recall hearing a few years or so ago that Rye found a full set of plans from the Airplane Coaster in one of their filing cabinets. We should heavily push for a rebuild. It would be a phenomenal event.
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