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Westchester Lawmakers Approve $12.5M Bonds for Playland Repairs

A press release from Westchester County legislator and chair of the Budget and Appropriations Committee Judy Myers.

White Plains, NY – The members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) serving on the Budget & Appropriations Committee unanimously approved two bond acts today to fund critical repairs at Playland, the County’s amusement park and recreation facility, for infrastructure damaged during Hurricane Sandy in late October 2012.

The two separate repair projects, which were added by the BOL to County’s 2013 Capital Projects Budget, were categorized by the Administration as necessary for emergency contracts, which is why the BOL’s Budget & Appropriations Committee, chaired by Legislator Judy Myers (D-Larchmont), moved quickly on the items. Both bond acts will be taken up in the BOL’s Government Operations Committee meeting tomorrow, where they are expected to gain similar approval, before heading to the full BOL for a vote at its next regular meeting on January 28.

The first bond act approved at today’s committee meeting was in the amount of $4,925,000 to fund the cost of design and construction of roofing, boilers and structural work at the Playland Ice Casino. The County’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation had reported that the Ice Casino, used by thousands of residents annually, suffered extensive damage during Hurricane Sandy. The roof structure, which showed significant cracking in a February 2012 inspection, now requires major repairs before the facility can be re-opened. Also, high winds blew off two doors on the Ice Casino facing the Long Island Sound, and a fifteen foot storm surge flooded the basement and damaged the boilers.

The second approved bond act, totaling $7,575,000, will go toward repairing the boardwalk at Playland, which also was damaged extensively from Sandy’s high winds and storm surge, causing parts of the structure to heave, buckle or completely wash away. Since the storm, the boardwalk, which is normally open to county residents during the off-season, has been closed to the public.

 “There is no doubt that we need to move ahead as quickly as possible with these repairs so Playland can be opened on time for the 2013 season and the Ice Casino be made available to residents and others for use,” said Myers. “Playland is an important asset and a major revenue producer for the County, and investments in our infrastructure along these lines makes good short- and long-term sense.”

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To see photos of Sandy's damage at Playland, click here.  

Laura Harrison January 15, 2013 at 12:01 AM
I am very happy to hear this. I love Playland!
Vicki Edmonds January 15, 2013 at 01:03 AM
So how does this expenditure work with the proposed Sustainable Playland project? Is this basically saying the intention is just to open again as Playland this season under County control or are we heading back to reconsider building another Coney Island "plastic sensation" on the Sound?
Billy L January 15, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Coney Island plastic sensation? Central Amusements did a wonderful job reinventing Coney Island. Sustainable Playland, a plan that will take the rides and 'play' out of Playland, is an absolute disgrace and really only has widespread support from people that live around Playland because of the reduced amount of cars and patronage the park would receive. It amounts to the destruction of this national historic landmark, to be something it is not suppose to be. According to Sustainable Playland's plan, they plan to remove a lot of the rides and TEAR DOWN buildings that are SPECIFICALLY designated as landmarks according to the historic landmark papers that I pulled from the National Register and they have yet to explain how their plan which 'preserves' Playland allows them to demolish landmarked buildings which are over 80 years old.
Joe King January 15, 2013 at 09:38 PM
"Playland is an important asset & a mjor revenue producer" Judy Meyers Odd, how this article states that Playland has required a $3million/yr subsidy for the last few years. Please be so kind as to explain how that qualifys as "a major renue producer", I'm confused. http://soundshore.lohudblogs.com/2012/07/26/playland-attendance-revenue-down-compared-to-2011/
jessica rider January 16, 2013 at 12:01 PM
oh! it's a good news, play land is going to be repaired. I know it's so much costly to repair, my boiler teach me that@ <a href="http://london-boiler-repair.co.uk">boiler-repair</a>
Jennifer Lawrence January 17, 2013 at 09:42 AM
There is no doubt that we need to move ahead as quickly as possible with these repairs so Play land can be opened on time for the 2013 season and the Ice Casino be made available to residents and others for use.Playland is an important asset and a major revenue producer for the county and investments in our infrastructure along these lines makes good short- and long-term sense. Thanks Jennifer Lawrence BDFlower.com

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