June 08, 2011
NY amusement park will charge fees
You'll have to shell out a few bucks to get into New York's historic Playland amusement park this summer.
The Westchester County Board of Legislators has failed to override County Executive Rob Astorino's veto of fee changes.
Admission will be $5 fo... Read More »
June 04, 2011
Astorino vetoes Playland entry-fee cut
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino vetoed Friday aproposal from county legislators to drop an entrance fee for county residents atPlayland Amusement Park in Rye.
Later in the day, Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins said the legislators wi... Read More »
May 30, 2011
Marines land helicopters in Playland show
After weeks of hearing about the daring helicopter mission that killed Osama bin Laden, thousands at Playland Amusement Park got to see Sunday what it might have looked like.
Two Marine transport helicopters — a CH-46 and an MV-22 Osprey — descended on... Read More »
May 11, 2011
Playland Amusement Park opens Saturday; ticket prices rise
While the historic Playland Amusement Park is nearing a crossroads, visitors will see only minor changes when it opens Saturday for its 83rd season, ushering in the unofficial start of summer in the Lower Hudson Valley.
The park, owned and operated by... Read More »
March 22, 2011
Playland's Second Act? Locals Have a Few Ideas
As Westchester County executives debate proposals for the redevelopment of Rye Playland, hundreds of residents are weighing in on the debate over the ailing amusement park.
The Playland, one of the few amusement parks in the U.S. owned by a municipali... Read More »
March 22, 2011
Parsippany company bidding to invest in Rye Playland
CAI is the park operations affiliate of Zamperla Inc., one of the world's largest designers and manufacturers of amusement park rides. The company's Zamperla USA division is based on Fanny Road.
Last year, CAI spent nearly $30 million to lease and operat... Read More »
March 22, 2011
Triple Bottom Line for Playland in Rye
The triple bottom line normally refers to projects that address the needs of People, Profits, and the Planet. But it could refer to Playland Park if a new proposal for the park’s development is accepted.
On March 10th the county received 11 proposals... Read More »
March 05, 2011
Sustainable Playland Fund Raiser at Coveleigh CC - Patch.com
Sustainable Playland Fund Raiser at Coveleigh CCPatch.comIn addition, while maintaining the sanctity of Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary, SPI's plan will refine the transition space between the current Amusement Park and the Wildlife Sanctuary so as to increase public access along Long Island Sound. ...Panel to evaluate proposals for NY's PlaylandGreenwich Timeall 2 news articles »
March 05, 2011
Panel to evaluate proposals for NY's Playland - Greenwich Time
Westchester County's chief official says he expects to hear by June from a committee that will evaluate proposals for "reinventing" Playland, the county-owned amusement park that been a resource for many Connecticut residents through the years.
County Executive Robert Astorino named 19 people to the committee on Tuesday. Proposals from developers are due next week.
The 83-year-old park, on Long Island Sound in Rye several miles south of Greenwich, is a National Historic Landmark.
The county says attendance has dropped by more than half since 2005. Subsidies from taxpayers are getting larger.
The committee includes representatives from business, government, the arts, parks and entertainment, plus a high school student.
Astorino wants the committee to study each proposal for its financial viability and effect on the environment. It also will consider the entertainment value, and whether the person, business or group making the proposal is reliable.
Though some have suggested a private company lease the park from the county and run it, that has been tried in the past and was not successful. The Marriott Corp. managed Playland for two years in the early 1980s, but bowed out after running a $2.6 million operating deficit in the first year and reporting a $3 million deficit the next year.
The park has also doubled as a film set. Tom Hanks filmed scenes for his Oscar-nominated movie "Big" at Playland, and the it served as the amusement park where actress Glenn Close brought Michael Douglas' daughter when she kidnapped her in "Fatal Attraction."
There have also been some tragedies at Playland, including the 2005 death of 7-year-old Jon-Kely Cassara, of Norwalk, who fell and became trapped underneath a conveyer belt on the Ye Old Mill boat ride. In 2009, the Cassaras reached a $1.25 million settlement with the county after suing for negligence.
March 26, 2008
Playland to stress safety to visitors after deadly accidents
A landmark amusement park plans to step up safety messages for visitors after three people died on its rides within three years. Staffers will greet visitors at Playland's entrance with brochures packed with safety information, ranging from where to find... Read More »
January 26, 2008
Plan for Children's Museum at Historic Site Faces Delay
UNTIL the Westchester Children’s Museum raises $7 million, plans for it to occupy a historic bathhouse complex at Playland Amusement Park in Rye are delayed, county officials said.... Read More »
October 17, 2007
Consultant lauds safety improvement at Playland
Playland received high marks for safety from an independent consultant who reported yesterday that, despite a string of fatal accidents, conditions at the county-owned amusement park have improved dramatically in recent years. The glowing report from safe... Read More »
August 25, 2007
After 3rd death, NY orders more training for Playland attendants
State officials investigating the third death at the Playland amusement park in three years have ordered a company that operates attractions at the park to immediately provide better training to ride operators. A report released by the state's Department... Read More »
August 19, 2007
Playland ride that stranded passengers to reopen today
A Playland ride that broke down unexpectedly last night - stranding three passengers for well over an hour - could reopen later today, officials said. Playland Amusement Park employees were unable to restart the "SuperFlight" after it stopped mid-ride at... Read More »
July 28, 2007
Vintage Playland rides face scary future
Fans of vintage amusement park rides are hoping an online effort can save Playland's Zombie Castle and Flying Witch from being torn down later this year. George LaCross, editor of the laffinthedark.com Web site, posted an editorial urging readers to rally... Read More »
July 27, 2007
Westchester lawmakers call for Playland safety review
An independent study should be conducted to see if safety measures at Playland Amusement Park conform with the best practices in the industry, Westchester lawmakers from both sides of the aisle said yesterday. County Legislator Kenneth Jenkins, D-Yonkers,... Read More »
July 25, 2007
Playland customers aren't blaming park for recent death
On the day the county released its report on the death of a Playland Amusement Park employee, visitors to the county-owned attraction said they did not hold the park responsible for 21-year-old Gabriella Garin's death. "I have no problems with it (the par... Read More »
July 24, 2007
Playland death called an accident: Killed rider not seated properly
The 21-year-old woman who was killed at Playland Amusement Park last month was not belted or seated properly in the Mind Scrambler ride when the operator started the ride and immediately put it on full throttle, according to a preliminary report issued by... Read More »
July 15, 2007
Officials: Westchester ride where woman died may never reopen
A Westchester County amusement park ride may be closed down for good following the death of a 21-year-old employee last month, a newspaper reported Sunday. Westchester County officials shut down the Mind Scrambler after the June 29 death of Playland Amuse... Read More »
June 30, 2007
Worker Killed at NY Thrill Park Ride
A safety precaution put in place for a thrill ride after a fatal accident five years ago wasn't being followed when a worker was killed on the same ride, an amusement park official acknowledged Saturday. Gabriela Garin, 21, died Friday night after she was... Read More »
June 27, 2007
Sunny days brighten Playland's fiscal ride
Summer is off to a roaring start at Playland Amusement Park. Thanks to an abundance of sunny days and only one weather-related closing so far, attendance and revenue at the Westchester County-owned park in Rye are way ahead of budget projections, made at... Read More »
June 09, 2007
Insurance company says "thanks" to military families at Playland event
When Maj. David Klaverkamp of the Marines ships out for Iraq in the fall, his wife and young sons will have a new memory to keep until his return - a day at Playland Amusement Park. The Klaverkamps were among 1,000 servicemen and women and their families... Read More »
May 14, 2007
At Playland, the rides are back, smoking and trans-fats are not
As if Playland Amusement Park isn't wrestling enough demons already - including decades of deficits, attendance that is only inching up, concerns about ride safety following two fatalities in recent summers and county legislators who would turn the whole... Read More »
May 04, 2007
Playland Opens For Season May 12th
Everyone’s favorite family amusement park, Playland Park in Rye, opens for the season on Saturday, May 12, with entertainment beginning at 11 a.m. and rides opening at 12 noon. Rain date for the event is Saturday, May 19. Playland’s rides will be open fro... Read More »
July 05, 2006
Queens man drowns in Playland Lake - The Journal News.com
A 43-year-old Queens man celebrating Independence Day with his wife and 5-year-old son at Playland Amusement Park drowned yesterday after wading into a restricted lake from a crowded picnic area.
Won Yong Kim of Flushing was pronounced dead at Greenwich Hospital at 1:25 p.m., a little more than an hour after other patrons of the crowded county park noticed him in distress off Playland Lake's shore. His wife and son were in another part of the park at the time.
June 07, 2006
County targets Playland toy-gun vendor - The Journal News.com
The second-largest vendor at the Westchester County-owned Playland Amusement Park could lose its contract if it continues to sell realistic-looking toy guns at a park gift shop, county officials said yesterday.
Peter and Fredericka Trahanas, who own the second highest number of concession contracts at the historic amusement park, were ordered to pull several models of toy guns off the shelves Friday after County Executive Andrew Spano learned from a WCBS-TV news reporter that the plastic guns were on sale â€” in violation of a 2000 law pushed by his administration.
May 02, 2006
Playland Opens For Season On May 13th - Westchester.com
Everyone’s favorite amusement park, Playland Park in Rye, opens for the season on Saturday, May 13, with entertainment beginning at 11 a.m. and rides opening at 12 noon. Rain date for the event is Sunday, May 14.
The gates to the park will open at noon, and the park will remain open until 9 p.m. Rain date for Opening Day is Sunday, May 14. Admission to Playland is always free.
Visitors can purchase a special Opening Day Fun Band for $15, which is good for unlimited rides for up to 6 hours. Fun Bands go on sale at 10:30 a.m. at Group Sales, located across from Mini Golf on the boardwalk.
April 24, 2006
Playland gets new director
Playland Park named a new park director weeks before the park opens for the 2006 season.