RYE, N.Y. - A group of residents have started an online petition to keep Rye Playland an amusement park. The group is against a proposed renovation by Sustainable Playland, Inc., which is one of four proposals being considered for the park.
More than 1,200 people have signed the petition since it was launched on Feb. 21. It was created by Save Playland Amusement Park and is addressed to the Westchester County Executive and Board of Legislators. It argues that the proposal by Sustainable Playland Inc. would reduce too many rides, and that Playland should primarily be 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," the petition reads.
Legislators are currently deciding between four projects. The $34 million Sustainable Playland proposal would add an “Aqua Zone” mini-water park, outdoor ball fields and an outdoor field house, new restaurants and a "Great Lawn" with views of the Long Island Sound.
A $25 million proposal by Standard Amusements, LLC would add new rides, water-themed attractions, four new sports fields and a community lawn. A $26.4 million project by Central Amusements International would add new rides, mini-golf and a children's entertainment center. The fourth proposal by The Paidia Co. would rebrand Playland as Legoland New York.
The petition supports the proposals by Standard Amusements and Central Amusements International. It opposes Sustainable Playland's plan because it believes it would remove too many rides and severely reduce parking.
"Decreasing the size of the amusement park by removing rides will reduce Playland’s appeal, decreasing attendance and revenue," the petition reads.
Save Playland Amusement Park started as a Facebook group dedicated to making sure that Playland stays open and remains a full amusement park.