Rye Playland – Amusment Park/Historical Landmark

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605

Every once in a while its fun to relive one’s childhood – at least the fun parts…Rye Playland is the perfect place to relive some of my fondest childhood memories.  Whether it be my first tentative steps on ice skates in the winter or all the wonderful rides that the summer season has to offer – Rye Playland is an amazing place for children of all ages .   That includes “adult” children…

 

But Playland is not your typical amusement park.  Playland of Rye New York is a Westchester landmark.  Built in 1928 the entire design was in the Art Deco style.  The original design included the boardwalk and ice-skating rinks along with many rides and attractions.  The park was declared a national historic landmark in 1987.

 

Among the famous rides still in use to this day is the Dragon Coaster – a wooden rollercoaster.  Originally built in 1929 it has about 3400 feet of track and is 85 feet high at its tallest point.  The trains have been modernized for safety considerations, but the track itself is the original.   So iconic is the Dragon Coaster that, it appears prominently in the Playland logo.

 Rye Playland

Another major “iconic” ride is the “Grand Carousel”.  Originally built in 1915 and located in New Haven, it was later moved to Playland where it remains to this day.   The carousel’s horses are hand carved with remarkable details including inlaid gemstones and lolling tongues.

 

Unfortunately, the recession has hit the County of Westchester hard and attendance at Playland has dropped over the past several years.  However, the place was packed the day I was there.   I hope that Playland can be salvaged in its original state – as an amusement park.

For more information on events and Rye Playland’s famous fireworks go to:  RyePlayland.org

 

 

© 2012 – Ruthmarie G. Hicks – http://thewestchesterview.com – All rights reserved.

 

Rye Playland – Amusment Park/Historical Landmark

Comments (4)

Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

Very cool information.

It would take some major upgrades to get it up to modern standards and would probably ruin th epark.

Jul 30, 2012 11:07 PM
Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

Hi Than,  It's up to modern standards, that was done a long way back.  The rides are up to code... but it isn't a money-maker...though some dispute that it actually costs the county that much.  Our county executive is a real tea-bagger and given the constituency he serves, it is unlikely that he will last into another term.  The question is will PLAYLAND survive his term.  He simply wanted to "gut" Playland - even though it has tremendous historic value.  According to the county executive, during the recession the park has lost about $5 million a year.  That number is heavily disputed and this has been the worst recession since the Great Depression.  Given the historic nature of the park - I think it should remain as a park.   He also said "not many people use it." Really??? The place was jam-packed the day I was there. 

Jul 31, 2012 12:57 AM
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Ruthmarie - I remember going to Playland.  I haven't been there in years.  What a shame, if the county lets go of it. 

Jul 31, 2012 11:19 AM
Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

Hi Gail - 

I know - such FUN...I have great memories of cotton candy and crazy rides.  I LOVED Playland.  My Mom tried to take me and a group of my friends at least once or twice a season.  The facility won't go down without a fight. It is too much a part of the andscape. Astorinio is an extremest and there have been many fights within the legislature.  All the stuff he wants to end help the middle and working classes.  There is no doubt in my mind that unions have gotten more than a little out of control in some municipalities - but  he takes everything to such an extreme that many voters are fed up. 

Jul 31, 2012 01:20 PM