Rye Playland

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm Sandy are in political gridlock, is closed for the season and its re-opening date is still unknown. (March 18, 2013) Photo Credit: Faye Murman

Rye Playland has been providing thrills to many in the Hudson Valley since 1928. As Westchester decides what will happen with the only county owned amusement park in the country, Newsday Westchester offers a look at Playland through the years.

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm
Photo Credit: Faye Murman

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm Sandy are in political gridlock, is closed for the season and its re-opening date is still unknown. (March 18, 2013)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm
Photo Credit: Faye Murman

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm Sandy are in political gridlock, is closed for the season and its re-opening date is still unknown. (March 18, 2013)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm
Photo Credit: Faye Murman

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm Sandy are in political gridlock, is closed for the season and its re-opening date is still unknown. (March 18, 2013)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm
Photo Credit: Faye Murman

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm Sandy are in political gridlock, is closed for the season and its re-opening date is still unknown. (March 18, 2013)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm
Photo Credit: Faye Murman

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm Sandy are in political gridlock, is closed for the season and its re-opening date is still unknown. (March 18, 2013)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm
Photo Credit: Faye Murman

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm Sandy are in political gridlock, is closed for the season and its re-opening date is still unknown. (March 18, 2013)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm
Photo Credit: Faye Murman

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm Sandy are in political gridlock, is closed for the season and its re-opening date is still unknown. (March 18, 2013)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm
Photo Credit: Faye Murman

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm Sandy are in political gridlock, is closed for the season and its re-opening date is still unknown. (March 18, 2013)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm
Photo Credit: Faye Murman

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm Sandy are in political gridlock, is closed for the season and its re-opening date is still unknown. (March 18, 2013)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm
Photo Credit: Faye Murman

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm Sandy are in political gridlock, is closed for the season and its re-opening date is still unknown. (March 18, 2013)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm
Photo Credit: Faye Murman

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm Sandy are in political gridlock, is closed for the season and its re-opening date is still unknown. (March 18, 2013)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm
Photo Credit: Faye Murman

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm Sandy are in political gridlock, is closed for the season and its re-opening date is still unknown. (March 18, 2013)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm
Photo Credit: Faye Murman

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm Sandy are in political gridlock, is closed for the season and its re-opening date is still unknown. (March 18, 2013)

The historic carousel horses, estimated at $125,000 per
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

The historic carousel horses, estimated at $125,000 per horse by Westchester County Parks Commissioner Kathleen O'Connor, were spared when superstorm Sandy hit Playland in Rye. (Jan. 30, 2013)

Worker Jimmy Cody of Trumbull, Conn., repairs a
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Worker Jimmy Cody of Trumbull, Conn., repairs a fence in the Kiddieland rides section of Playland in Rye. Cody has worked at Playland for about 14 years. (Jan. 30, 2013)

Westchester County Park Commissioner Kathleen O'Connor, left, and
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Westchester County Park Commissioner Kathleen O'Connor, left, and Legis. Virginia Perez walk down to the long-closed bathhouse tunnel under the Playland boardwalk in Rye. Sustainable Playland, a group whose proposal to reinvent the amusement park was endorsed by County Executive Rob Astorino, wants to reopen the tunnel. (Jan. 30, 2013)

Westchester Parks Commissioner Kathleen O'Connor and County Executive
Photo Credit: John Dyer

Westchester Parks Commissioner Kathleen O'Connor and County Executive Rob Astorino look at the damage at Rye Playland after superstorm Sandy roared through Westchester County. (Oct. 30, 2012)

Legis. Bill Ryan looks at a section of
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Legis. Bill Ryan looks at a section of the Playland boardwalk in Rye that was seriously damaged during superstorm Sandy. (Jan. 30, 2013)

Legislators Bill Ryan and Virginia Perez look at
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Legislators Bill Ryan and Virginia Perez look at a portion of the Playland boardwalk in Rye outside the Pier restaurant that was seriously damaged during superstorm Sandy. (Jan. 30, 2013)

Legislators Bill Ryan and Virginia Perez look at
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Legislators Bill Ryan and Virginia Perez look at portions of a steel fence near the Pier restaurant in Rye Playland that were damaged by powerful waves during superstorm Sandy. (Jan. 30, 2013)

Westchester County park officials and legislators walk past
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Westchester County park officials and legislators walk past a severely damaged boardwalk in the Kiddieland section of Playland in Rye. (Jan. 30, 2013)

Westchester County legislators and park officials tour Rye
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Westchester County legislators and park officials tour Rye Playland checking out needed repairs and proposed changes to the park. The Playland Plunge is one ride slated for sale and removal according to a proposal from the redevelopment group Sustainable Playland. (Jan. 30, 2013)

Westchester County park officials and legislators walk past
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Westchester County park officials and legislators walk past a severely damaged boardwalk in the Kiddieland section of Playland in Rye. (Jan. 30, 2013)

The Rye Playland Boardwalk and Rye Beach have
Photo Credit: Faye Murman

The Rye Playland Boardwalk and Rye Beach have been closed since Hurricane Sandy hit on Oct. 29. (Dec. 18, 2012)

Workers contracted by Con Edison from across the
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Workers contracted by Con Edison from across the country operate out of Rye Playland, where they have been deployed to repair utilities and restore service after Hurricane Sandy slammed the region. (Nov. 8, 2012)

Rye Playland, now closed to the public, sustained
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Rye Playland, now closed to the public, sustained damage during Hurricane Sandy and is now being used as headquarters for workers contracted by Con Edison to repair utilities and restore power across the region. (Nov. 8, 2012)

Workers contracted by Con Edison from across the
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Workers contracted by Con Edison from across the country operate out of Rye Playland, where they are deployed to repair utilities after Hurricane Sandy slammed the region. (Nov. 8, 2012)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sen. Charles
Photo Credit: Thomas Zambito

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sen. Charles Schumer tour Rye Playland with other officials surveying th damage caused by Sandy. (Nov. 2, 2012)

The amusement park at Rye's Playland is closed
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascareñas

The amusement park at Rye's Playland is closed for the season, as seen here, but some events take place throughout the year at the Westchester County-owned park. (Oct. 10, 2012)

Park of the Rye Playland boardwalk breaks away
Photo Credit: John Dyer

Park of the Rye Playland boardwalk breaks away into the sound as public officials tour the area of Rye Playland damaged by Sandy in Rye. (Oct. 30, 2012)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, left, and Sustainable
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, left, and Sustainable Playland Inc. president Druv Narain, second from left, smile after they signed a letter of intent on a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Helium balloons are released after Westchester County Executive
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Helium balloons are released after Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, bottom left, and Sustainable Playland Inc. president Druv Narain, second from left, signed a letter of intent on a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland Inc. president Druv Narain sign a letter of intent on a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Dhruv Narain, the president of Sustainable Playland Inc.,
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Dhruv Narain, the president of Sustainable Playland Inc., and County Executive Rob Astorino discuss a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in the Playland Ice Casino in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

The marching band from Archbishop Stepinac High School
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

The marching band from Archbishop Stepinac High School leads a procession of politicians, developers and investors to the amusement park area of Playland where Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland Inc. president Druv Narain signed a letter of intent on a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland Inc. president Druv Narain prepare to sign a letter of intent on a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland Inc. president Druv Narain prepare to sign a letter of intent on a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland Inc. president Druv Narain sign a letter of intent on a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

The marching band from Archbishop Stepinac High School
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

The marching band from Archbishop Stepinac High School plays for politicians, developers and investors in the amusement park area of Playland where Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland Inc. president Druv Narain signed a letter of intent on a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, left, and Sustainable
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, left, and Sustainable Playland Inc. president Druv Narain, second from left, smile after they signed a letter of intent on a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Helium balloons are released after Westchester County Executive
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Helium balloons are released after Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, bottom left, and Sustainable Playland Inc. president Druv Narain, second from left, signed a letter of intent on a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland Inc. president Druv Narain sign a letter of intent on a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Dhruv Narain, the president of Sustainable Playland Inc.,
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Dhruv Narain, the president of Sustainable Playland Inc., and County Executive Rob Astorino discuss a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in the Playland Ice Casino in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

The marching band from Archbishop Stepinac High School
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

The marching band from Archbishop Stepinac High School leads a procession of politicians, developers and investors to the amusement park area of Playland where Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland Inc. president Druv Narain signed a letter of intent on a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland Inc. president Druv Narain prepare to sign a letter of intent on a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland Inc. president Druv Narain prepare to sign a letter of intent on a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland Inc. president Druv Narain sign a letter of intent on a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

The marching band from Archbishop Stepinac High School
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

The marching band from Archbishop Stepinac High School plays for politicians, developers and investors in the amusement park area of Playland where Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland Inc. president Druv Narain signed a letter of intent on a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

The amusement park at Rye's Playland is closed
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

The amusement park at Rye's Playland is closed for the season, as seen here from the boardwalk, but some events take place throughout the year at the Westchester County-owned park. (Oct. 10, 2012)

Sophie Richardson of England, 20, and her father
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Sophie Richardson of England, 20, and her father Mark Richardson of Harrison walk around the perimeter of the amusement park at Rye's Playland. The two visited the park, which is now closed for the season, when Sophie was younger. (Oct. 10, 2012)

The amusement park at Rye's Playland is closed
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

The amusement park at Rye's Playland is closed for the season, as seen here, but some events take place throughout the year at the Westchester County-owned park. (Oct. 10, 2012)

The amusement park at Rye's Playland is closed
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

The amusement park at Rye's Playland is closed for the season, as seen here, but some events take place throughout the year at the Westchester County-owned park. (Oct. 10, 2012)

The amusement park at Rye's Playland is closed
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

The amusement park at Rye's Playland is closed for the season, as seen here, but some events take place throughout the year at the Westchester County-owned park. (Oct. 10, 2012)

The amusement park at Rye's Playland is closed
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

The amusement park at Rye's Playland is closed for the season, as seen here, but some events take place throughout the year at the Westchester County-owned park. (Oct. 10, 2012)

The Rye Playland boardwalk and pier in the
Photo Credit: Faye Murman

The Rye Playland boardwalk and pier in the offseason. (Oct. 3, 2012)

The Rye Playland boardwalk and pier in the
Photo Credit: Faye Murman

The Rye Playland boardwalk and pier in the offseason. (Oct. 3, 2012)

The Rye Playland boardwalk and pier in the
Photo Credit: Faye Murman

The Rye Playland boardwalk and pier in the offseason. (Oct. 3, 2012)

The Rye Playland boardwalk and pier in the
Photo Credit: Faye Murman

The Rye Playland boardwalk and pier in the offseason. (Oct. 3, 2012)

The Rye Playland boardwalk and pier in the
Photo Credit: Faye Murman

The Rye Playland boardwalk and pier in the offseason. (Oct. 3, 2012)

Dogs enjoy the beach at the Rye Playland
Photo Credit: Faye Murman

Dogs enjoy the beach at the Rye Playland boardwalk in the offseason. (Oct. 3, 2012)

Playland Park celebrates the opening of its new
Photo Credit: John Meore

Playland Park celebrates the opening of its new season in Rye. (May 12, 2012)

Playland Park celebrates the opening of its new
Photo Credit: John Meore

Playland Park celebrates the opening of its new season in Rye. (May 12, 2012)

Playland Park celebrates the opening of its new
Photo Credit: John Meore

Playland Park celebrates the opening of its new season in Rye. (May 12, 2012)

Andrew Abbasi, 10, of White Plains, enjoys the
Photo Credit: John Meore

Andrew Abbasi, 10, of White Plains, enjoys the go-karts as Playland Park celebrates the opening of its new season in Rye. (May 12, 2012)

Rye Playland celebrates the opening of its new
Photo Credit: John Meore

Rye Playland celebrates the opening of its new season in Rye. (May 12, 2012)

Playland Park celebrates the opening of its new
Photo Credit: John Meore

Playland Park celebrates the opening of its new season in Rye. (May 12, 2012)

Girl dies on ride
Photo Credit: Susan Stava

Girl dies on ride

A display at Rye Playland, which opens for
Photo Credit: Susan Stava

A display at Rye Playland, which opens for the season on Saturday, May 12. (May 8,2012)

Rye Playland prepares for their opening on May
Photo Credit: Susan Stava

Rye Playland prepares for their opening on May 12 in Rye. (May 8, 2012)

Rye Playland prepares for their opening on May
Photo Credit: Susan Stava

Rye Playland prepares for their opening on May 12 in Rye. (May 8, 2012)

Rye Playland prepares for their opening on May
Photo Credit: Susan Stava

Rye Playland prepares for their opening on May 12 in Rye. (May 8, 2012)

Rye Playland in Rye. (May 8, 2012)
Photo Credit: Susan Stava

Rye Playland in Rye. (May 8, 2012)

A roller coaster at Rye Playland, which opens
Photo Credit: Susan Stava

A roller coaster at Rye Playland, which opens for the season on Saturday, May 12. (May 8,2012)

Playland opens for the season on Saturday, May
Photo Credit: Susan Stava

Playland opens for the season on Saturday, May 12. (May 8,2012)

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