Playland ride closing for good following second fatality

Posted Friday, July 20, 2007 9:20 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The amusement park ride on which two people have been killed in three years will never reopen, Westchester County officials said Wednesday. The Mind Scrambler at Playland has been closed since the death of a park employee on June 29 and County Executive Andrew Spano decided it was no longer welcome, said park spokesman Peter Tartaglia.

Read more from AP via WCBS/New York.

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Friday, July 20, 2007 9:22 AM
Jeff's avatar More from The Journal News.
Friday, July 20, 2007 11:06 AM
As I responded to another thread... this is an ominous statement...

From the article:

George Oros, a Cortlandt Republican and minority leader on the Westchester County Board of Legislators, said it would give the county greater flexibility in deciding how best to use the Playland property in the future.

Oros repeated his belief that Westchester needs to look at other uses for the property.

"Running an amusement park is not one of the things that the public sector and tax dollars should be used to do," Oros said.

Why do I fear another park soon to be added to the Defunct list... and more water front condos and/or other development.

Friday, July 20, 2007 2:15 PM
In one of the comments below the article, someone mentions the possibility that none of the independent ride owners will sell their rides to the county, instead putting them on the open market, if they're made to leave the park. If that's true, that would be, what, 8 rides gone then?
Friday, July 20, 2007 9:02 PM
Keep in mind that The swings and Catch A Wave are already gone.

Catch a wave cme in last year and replaced a ride called Twister, which was a version of Topspin.

This is becoming a lot of closed or lost rides.

Sunday, July 22, 2007 8:26 AM
I like how they said, "deadly Mind Scrambler." Wasn't this the case where one employee started the ride while another was still in the ride area? I guess that makes just about every amusement attraction "deadly" if people are dumb enough to do these things.
Monday, July 23, 2007 8:41 AM
Perhaps, in reality, it is a "Deadly Mind Scrambler". The ride actually scambled the mind of the operator into turning on the ride while another op is in the "death zone"!

I can smell a movie-of-the-week! :)


Monday, July 23, 2007 9:16 AM
That "deadly Scrambler" was made deadly by people not knowing how to operate the thing and riders not knowing to remain seated while the thing was in motion- it's not like the seats turned into giant mouths and disgested people whole. Still, considering all the negative attention the ride has received, it's probably best for the park to cut ties with it.

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