Water Park Proposed at Historic Playland Amusement Park

Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino has complained that Playland is losing more money than taxpayers should have to cover

Thursday, Oct 11, 2012  |  Updated 11:53 AM EDT
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A small water park would be added to a landmarked amusement park in Rye under a newly announced proposal.

Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino said Thursday he has chosen a new operator for county-owned Playland.

He says the operator, Sustainable Playland Inc., would also add ball fields, a field house and a "Great Lawn" for concerts and graduations.

Astorino says the operator would also invest $34 million in capital improvements to the existing park.

County spokesman Ned McCormack says the park's historic rides would remain, including the wooden "Dragon" roller coaster, a carousel and Kiddyland rides.

Astorino has complained that Playland is losing millions of dollars.

Playland opened in 1928 and was featured in the 1988 Tom Hanks film "Big."

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