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Jessyka Calzolaio, of New Rochelle, and her daughter,

Jessyka Calzolaio, of New Rochelle, and her daughter, Lilliana, 17 months old, stroll on the the recently-repaired Playland boardwalk in Rye. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announced the opening of the boardwalk, after repairs from superstorm Sandy. (May 10, 2013) Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Westchester County Executive rob Astorino and others announce that Rye Playland, which will open Saturday, May 11, has repaired most of the damage done to the boardwalk made by superstorm Sandy on Oct. 29. (May 10, 2013)

Jessyka Calzolaio, of New Rochelle, and her daughter,
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Jessyka Calzolaio, of New Rochelle, and her daughter, Lilliana, 17 months old, stroll on the the recently-repaired Playland boardwalk in Rye. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announced the opening of the boardwalk, after repairs from superstorm Sandy. (May 10, 2013)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino talks to news
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino talks to news media, as Thomas Turner, of Rye, and his son, Thomas William Turner, pass behind him on a new section of the newly-opened Playland boardwalk in Rye. The boardwalk was severely damaged after superstorm Sandy. (May 10, 2013)

Stephanie Carenza, of Hawthorne, right, pushes her baby
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Stephanie Carenza, of Hawthorne, right, pushes her baby M.J., 6 months old, as she walks with Stefanie Torielli, of Yonkers, on the newly-opened Playland boardwalk in Rye. (May 10, 2013)

Women walk their dogs at the recently-repaired Playland
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Women walk their dogs at the recently-repaired Playland boardwalk in Rye, a day before the amusement park's opening. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announced the opening of the boardwalk, after repairs from superstorm Sandy. (May 10, 2013)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announces the opening
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announces the opening of the recently-repaired Playland boardwalk in Rye, a day before the amusement park's opening. The boardwalk along with much of Playland, was severely damaged after superstorm Sandy. (May 10, 2013)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announced the opening
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announced the opening of the recently-repaired Playland boardwalk in Rye, where the new wood is seen at top in contrast with the old boardwalk. The boardwalk along with much of Playland, was severely damaged after superstorm Sandy. (May 10, 2013)

Westchester County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Commissioner Kathleen
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Westchester County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Commissioner Kathleen O'Connor speaks at the announcement of the opening of the recently-repaired Playland boardwalk in Rye, a day before the amusement park's opening. (May 10, 2013)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino cuts the ribbon
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino cuts the ribbon at the opening of the recently-repaired Playland boardwalk in Rye, a day before the amusement park's opening. The boardwalk along with much of Playland, was severely damaged after superstorm Sandy. (May 10, 2013)

Thomas Turner, of Rye, and his son, Thomas
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Thomas Turner, of Rye, and his son, Thomas William Turner, ride on the newly-opened Playland boardwalk in Rye, a day before the amusement park's opening. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announced the opening of the boardwalk, after repairs from superstorm Sandy. (May 10, 2013)

An iron fence damaged by superstorm Sandy shows
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

An iron fence damaged by superstorm Sandy shows the force of the waves, wind and debris that struck Playland in Rye six months ago. (May 1, 2013)

The electrical system along the boardwalk at Playland
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

The electrical system along the boardwalk at Playland in Rye has had to be replaced since superstorm Sandy soaked the area in saltwater. (May 1, 2013)

A construction worker mixes cement near the Pier
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

A construction worker mixes cement near the Pier Restaurant and Tiki Bar at Playland in Rye. (May 1, 2013)

A construction worker repairs the entrance to the
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

A construction worker repairs the entrance to the pier at Playland in Rye. (May 1, 2013)

A construction worker repairs the entrance to the
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

A construction worker repairs the entrance to the pier at Playland in Rye. (May 1, 2013)

Construction workers repair the boardwalk at Playland in
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Construction workers repair the boardwalk at Playland in Rye. (May 1, 2013)

Amusement park lights are replaced at Playland in
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Amusement park lights are replaced at Playland in Rye. (May 1, 2013)

The roof and ceiling at the Playland Ice
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

The roof and ceiling at the Playland Ice Casino are undergoing construction in Rye. (May 1, 2013)

Geoff Thompson of Sustainable Playland and Westchester County
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Geoff Thompson of Sustainable Playland and Westchester County Parks Deputy Commissioner Peter Tartaglia tour Playland in Rye as it prepares for opening day. (May 1, 2013)

Construction workers repair the boardwalk at Playland in
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Construction workers repair the boardwalk at Playland in Rye. (May 1, 2013)

Sections of the boardwalk at Playland in Rye
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Sections of the boardwalk at Playland in Rye remain in their collapsed, unusable state six months after superstorm Sandy. (May 1, 2013)

Sections of the boardwalk at Playland in Rye
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Sections of the boardwalk at Playland in Rye remain in their collapsed, unusable state six months after superstorm Sandy. (May 1, 2013)

A paint crew works on the historic Dragon
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

A paint crew works on the historic Dragon Coaster in Rye. The roof of the adjacent pavilion still is missing shingles six months after superstorm Sandy. (May 1, 2013)

A paint crew works on the historic Dragon
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

A paint crew works on the historic Dragon Coaster in Rye. (May 1, 2013)

A paint crew works on the historic Dragon
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

A paint crew works on the historic Dragon Coaster in Rye. (May 1, 2013)

A worker repairs the lighting by the haunted
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A worker repairs the lighting by the haunted house at Playland in Rye. (May 1, 2013)

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

Legislators Bill Ryan and Virginia Perez take stock
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Legislators Bill Ryan and Virginia Perez take stock of needed repairs at Playland in Rye. (Jan. 30, 2013)

Sections of a boardwalk within Rye Playland completely
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Sections of a boardwalk within Rye Playland completely collapsed during superstorm Sandy. (Jan. 30, 2013)

The famous Dragon Coaster sustained minor damages during
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

The famous Dragon Coaster sustained minor damages during superstorm Sandy, primarily to the roof, bottom left, and wing, far right, at Playland in Rye. (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)

From left, employees Larry Amatulli of Brewster and
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

From left, employees Larry Amatulli of Brewster and Raphael Ramos of White Plains work on repairs in the Kiddieland rides section of Playland in Rye. Amatulli has worked at Playland for about 24 years, and Ramos has been there for nearly 30. (Jan. 30, 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)

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)

The Playland boardwalk in Rye sustained serious damage
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

The Playland boardwalk in Rye sustained serious damage due to rising swells of seawater that pushed the boards up from underneath during superstorm Sandy. (Jan. 30, 2013)

The Playland boardwalk in Rye sustained serious damage
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

The Playland boardwalk in Rye sustained serious damage due to rising swells of seawater that pushed the boards up from underneath during superstorm Sandy. (Jan. 30, 2013)

Legis. Bill Ryan and Playland superintendent Frank Carrieri
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Legis. Bill Ryan and Playland superintendent Frank Carrieri walk through 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)

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)

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)

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)

Picnic tables in Rye Playland were damaged during
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Picnic tables in Rye Playland were damaged during superstorm Sandy. (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)

Sections of a boardwalk within Rye Playland completely
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Sections of a boardwalk within Rye Playland completely collapsed during superstore 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)

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