Posted Wednesday, December 19, 2012 9:52 AM | Contributed by VitaminsAndGravy
The Westchester County Executive and the local nonprofit he's tapped to take over Rye Playland said they expect to sign a contract at the end of January. But as they negotiate the terms of the contract, the Board of Legislators continues to meet with other companies who say they could run the park more profitably. On Tuesday, representatives from Legoland Development told county lawmakers that they would be willing to invest as much as $200 million in Playland -- around $166 million more than Sustainable Playland -- in a 50-year redevelopment plan that would radically alter the character of the 1920's-era park on Long Island Sound, giving it a Lego theme.
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Somehow, making Playland into Legoland seems to me like it really would destroy the character of the park. Granted, I have not been to Florida to see what happened to Cyrpess Gardens, but a big Lego structure next to the racing horses wouldn't fit in entirely...
But you have to ask yourself, if this publicly owned park that has been a drain on government for years could be run by professionals, with a huge amount of investment, why wouldn't you want that if it's important to your community?
Cypress Gardens failed several times. Legoland Florida, on the other hand, appears a runaway success.
Playland could do a lot worse.
The Lego brand dovetails SO nicely with an amusement parks. Synergies out the wazoo (I can use that word, right, it's age-appropriate for a lego conversation)? ;~)
Who cares about the character of the park? It's a stupid profitless park that, according to their finances, does not attract enough people visit per year. Legoland Rye is a BRILLIANT idea! I know it won't happen because of such sentimentalitists....
Playland ranks right up there in my list of favorite parks as it is. If it takes Legoland to make it survivable. So be it but I would hope they could incorporate their features while retaining much of whats there.
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