There is a petition circulating to the Westchester County Executive and Board of Legislators to keep Playland Amusement Park its current footprint size and not shrink the amusements or remove rides.
The currently-selected future Playland operator (Sustainable Playland, "SPI") would demolish half the amusement area (which likely would further decrease attendance/revenue with devastating results for the remainder of the amusements). Rye-based SPI’s plan will eliminate 30% of the rides and 50% of the amusement park footprint, in favor of green space and a great lawn. Two other contenders, Standard Amusements and Central Amusements International are experienced, successful amusement park operators which would restore, improve and maintain the historic amusement park as such. The experienced operators already have the funds available to make their proposed improvements, while SPI has no experience running amusement parks and has raised only a negligible portion of the funds it has promised the county.
We are finding that many of Westchester residents are either unaware of the drastic changes SPI plans for the amusement park; or do not support SPI but concede something needs to be done with Playland and are unaware of the less dramatic reinvention options on the table.
Further information about the all the potential operators, as well as verification of the informatoin mentioned above can be found within the presentations at http://westchesterlegislators.com/committees.html?id=2029