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'Save Playland' Group Issues Press Release on Their Mission

A press release from the group that started a petition opposing the Sustainable Playland Inc. proposal for Playland amusement park.

Internet Petition Started to Save Rides and Not Reduce the Size of Playland Amusement Park

RYE, March 5, 2013

A group of Westchester residents has created an internet petition to Save Playland Amusement Park in Rye, New York. The petition, addressed to the Westchester County Executive and Board of Legislators, supports two proposals which would maintain the property as an amusement park in its current footprint, and opposes the proposal by Sustainable Playland Incorporated (“SPI”) which would drastically reduce the size of the amusement park and remove rides. Over a thousand people have signed the petition (http://www.change.org/petitions/save-playland-amusement-park) since it went live February 21, 2013. A majority of the signers are from Westchester County but the petition has also attracted people from all around the country, demonstrating the unique and wide appeal of the amusements at Playland.

Signatories agree that to be viable as an amusement park, Playland must be operated by an experienced amusement park operator which will maintain and improve the existing amusement park including all historic buildings and structures, without shrinking the footprint of the amusement area or decreasing the number of rides. Signatories support proposals by Standard Amusements and/or Central Amusements International (“CAI”), which were both finalists in the County Executive’s selection process. Standard Amusements and CAI propose to invest in and make additional capital improvements to the property while continuing to run Playland primarily as an amusement park. Supporters of the petition believe either or both of these proposals offer stronger choices for the financial success of Playland than SPI’s plan.

Signatories of the petition are opposed to SPI’s proposal which seeks to remove 30% of the amusement rides. SPI’s proposal will demolish some larger and more popular attractions, including all rides, games and arcades east of the mall midway (with the exception of the Carousel) thereby reducing the footprint of amusement park by approximately 50%. SPI’s plan calls for areas from which these amusements will be eliminated to become “a great lawn.” Additionally, more than half of the northern portion the parking lot, which is filled to capacity during busy amusement park days will be removed, leaving inadequate parking facilities to support a successful amusement park. Supporters of the petition believe that decreasing the size of the amusement park by removing rides will reduce Playland’s appeal, decreasing attendance and revenue.

Links to presentations of the above-mentioned potential Playland operators for further information and fact verification can be found at: http://westchesterlegislators.com/committees.html?id=2029

About the petition: The petition was started on February 21, 2012 by a group of Westchester residents who began discussing the proposals online within the SAVE RYE PLAYLAND Facebook group after the recent Board of Legislators information session on the Playland proposals. The SAVE RYE PLAYLAND Facebook group has over 800 members.

Contact: saveplaylandamusementpark@gmail.com Petition: https://www.change.org/petitions/save-playland-amusement-park Website: http://www.saveplaylandamusementpark.org Twitter: https://twitter.com/SaveWCPlayland

SAVE RYE PLAYLAND Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/ArtDecoPLAYLAND/

Internet Petition Started to Save Rides and Not Reduce the Size of Playland Amusement Park

RYE, March 5, 2013

A group of Westchester residents has created an internet petition to Save Playland Amusement Park in Rye, New York. The petition, addressed to the Westchester County Executive and Board of Legislators, supports two proposals which would maintain the property as an amusement park in its current footprint, and opposes the proposal by Sustainable Playland Incorporated (“SPI”) which would drastically reduce the size of the amusement park and remove rides. Over a thousand people have signed the petition (http://www.change.org/petitions/save-playland-amusement-park) since it went live February 21, 2013. A majority of the signers are from Westchester County but the petition has also attracted people from all around the country, demonstrating the unique and wide appeal of the amusements at Playland.

Signatories agree that to be viable as an amusement park, Playland must be operated by an experienced amusement park operator which will maintain and improve the existing amusement park including all historic buildings and structures, without shrinking the footprint of the amusement area or decreasing the number of rides. Signatories support proposals by Standard Amusements and/or Central Amusements International (“CAI”), which were both finalists in the County Executive’s selection process. Standard Amusements and CAI propose to invest in and make additional capital improvements to the property while continuing to run Playland primarily as an amusement park. Supporters of the petition believe either or both of these proposals offer stronger choices for the financial success of Playland than SPI’s plan.

Signatories of the petition are opposed to SPI’s proposal which seeks to remove 30% of the amusement rides. SPI’s proposal will demolish some larger and more popular attractions, including all rides, games and arcades east of the mall midway (with the exception of the Carousel) thereby reducing the footprint of amusement park by approximately 50%. SPI’s plan calls for areas from which these amusements will be eliminated to become “a great lawn.” Additionally, more than half of the northern portion the parking lot, which is filled to capacity during busy amusement park days will be removed, leaving inadequate parking facilities to support a successful amusement park. Supporters of the petition believe that decreasing the size of the amusement park by removing rides will reduce Playland’s appeal, decreasing attendance and revenue.

Links to presentations of the above-mentioned potential Playland operators for further information and fact verification can be found at: http://westchesterlegislators.com/committees.html?id=2029

About the petition: The petition was started on February 21, 2012 by a group of Westchester residents who began discussing the proposals online within the SAVE RYE PLAYLAND Facebook group after the recent Board of Legislators information session on the Playland proposals. The SAVE RYE PLAYLAND Facebook group has over 800 members.

Contact: saveplaylandamusementpark@gmail.com Petition: https://www.change.org/petitions/save-playland-amusement-park Website: http://www.saveplaylandamusementpark.org Twitter: https://twitter.com/SaveWCPlayland

SAVE RYE PLAYLAND Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/ArtDecoPLAYLAND/

John Jay Ritch March 07, 2013 at 02:43 PM
I agree with the petition. Keep all the rides. The County ought to rebuild The Magic Carpet and Fun House which burned down in Playland's 1966 fire. They were two of the best original rides at the park which they never rebuilt. Rebuild those rides and you'll bring in lots of patrons. Trust me on this, I know what I'm talking about.
aint that the truth March 07, 2013 at 02:52 PM
It should also be noted that the majority of the rides SPI is keeping are the Kiddyland rides. They will tolerate those rides because it allows the Rye residents to still allow their nannys a place to bring their kids to during the day.
John Jay Ritch March 07, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Playland will certainly go out of business if they take away most of the adult rides. The Philadelphia Toboggan Company built The Magic Carpet and Fun House, and their phone number is (215) 799-2155. I bet Playland officals never even bothered calling them after the 1966 fire to find out how much it would cost to rebuild those rides. The Magic Carpet was located where The Double Shot Ride and Starship 2000 rides are, and The Fun House was where The Wipeout and Skyflyer rides are. So getting a birds eye view, that's two rides verse four on that little circle of land showing you how large they were. Playland could get rid of the picnic pravilions and groves and rebuild The Magic Carpet and Fun House there, allowing patrons to use the picnic tables to the left and right of the lake. It's a very logical thing to do, since the current picnic pavilions and groves are rarely used during the summer season. At least lots of money would be made for the park by people walking through The Magic Carpet and enjoying The Fun House.
dita von struedel van trappyodel March 07, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Why should I trust you? What are your creds?
dita von struedel van trappyodel March 07, 2013 at 04:04 PM
No one in Rye want this, I admit it. This vision of playland will only increase crime, pollution, traffic, crowds and noise. People can go to CONEY ISLAND or SIX FLAGS if they want this nonsense.
John Jay Ritch March 07, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Most people I talk with do want Playland to Rebuild The Magic Carpet and Fun House since they were two of the best rides at the park. To continue not to do so just shows stupidity and ignorance with no imagination. If you do a SEARCH on YOU TUBE for RYE PLAYLAND KARAOKE SONGS, you'll see many under my name, Jay Ritch, all based around the park. A matter of fact, the last one I did is titled PLAYLAND'S MAGIC CARPET RIDE, a take-off from Steppenwolf's MAGIC CARPET RIDE. I sing my own lyrics to the music video and show pictures of The Magic Carpet. Check it out. I'm sure you'll get a big kick out of it.
tedc March 07, 2013 at 05:05 PM
JJR – I too spent countless hours in The Fun House and went dozens of times through The Magic Carpet (remember that anticipation when you took your seat finally on the roller bench?). I loved all of the attractions from the big slides and the wheel and turning barrel to the stagger-down-room. But JJR – they would not be permitted to be rebuilt and operate under today’s safety and access codes. It’s a shame yes, but the layouts we loved in those buildings thrived in the era of healthy lifestyle cigarettes and airplane sprayed DDT. But if they had never burned (I remember that fire like it was yesterday) then at least they would be “pre-existing” like The Derby Racer and The Old Mill and thus available to be upgraded towards “code compliance.” Because they are now only memories (and maybe blueprints?) then this would fall under the un-gentle hands of The Safety Gods. And here’s a hint – their favorite word is “NO.”
John Jay Ritch March 07, 2013 at 05:29 PM
And my favorite word is, BUREAUCRACY. Governmental bureaucrats are always changing laws and building codes which are totally unnecessary. The two functions they only serve are making political jobs and money. So in other words if The Dragon Coaster burned down tomorrow, which would obviously take The Old Mill with it since the beams are connected supporting the wood structure, new building codes would then have to be set in place if they decided on rebuilding them? I still say there's no logic from their way of thinking. Anyone who remembers The Magic Carpet and Fun House would like seeing them restored, but County Government officials refuse to listen. And may I remind you, the people are the ones who voted them into office.

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