Playland will continue to be operated by county for foreseeable future

Posted Thursday, June 12, 2014 9:09 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Two years after reaching an agreement that was supposed to turn its money-losing Playland amusement park into a profitable enterprise, Westchester County has scrapped the plan. County Executive Rob Astorino announced Wednesday that his deal with Sustainable Playland Inc. to reimagine and operate the park was being allowed to lapse "by mutual agreement."

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Friday, June 13, 2014 12:05 AM

Good. I didn't like some of those proposed plans anyway.
What's not good, especially as far as local government is concerned, is the park continues to run in the red.

I noticed just today that on some news feed (MSN?) there was an article titled something like "Amusement park featured in "Big" is in trouble" (I had forgotten about the park's movie tie, there.) (I had not forgotten, however, about that Mariah Carey video...)

Anyway, Playland remains on my bucket list and I hope to get there before it's ruined or goes away all together.

Last edited by RCMAC, Friday, June 13, 2014 12:06 AM
Sunday, June 15, 2014 3:21 PM


RCMAC, I hope you make it to this park. I visited it in 2010 and was very impressed with what I saw. IMO what this park really needs is a World-Class Roller Coaster (If I were in charge of this park I really would do what I posted above). ;) It's three biggest competitors (Six Flags New Jersey, Six Flags New England and Lake Compounce all have world-class roller coasters (El-Toro, Bizarro & Boulder Dash respectively. This park is the epitome of "A Diamond in the Rough". Yes, I understand the Airplane was removed because of insurance problems, I understand the plans for this coaster are still intact, and I'm sure GCI or Gravity Group would be more than glad to modify the plans in order to make this ride kapish with their insurers. If they build it, you can bet the house I'll will come! :D

Last edited by Regulus, Sunday, June 15, 2014 3:22 PM
Sunday, June 15, 2014 7:56 PM


Sunday, June 15, 2014 8:03 PM

It's a lovely little park, I've had two visits and hope to return soon. Their Derby Racer is terrifyingly fast, far faster than Cedar Point's and I think even a bit faster than Blackpool's (at least it feels so to me). It also has the nicest horses of the three, as they were produced by the legendary carousel carver M. C. Illions.

Dragon Coaster is fun and the dragon tunnel is a delightful touch.

I wish them the best!

Sunday, June 15, 2014 10:06 PM

Well, the fact that this Golden Age park was designed with the express intent of having it not look like an amusement park is intriguing to me. The layout was such that many of the rides were "hidden" behind colonnades, giving the place had a more natural park-like setting. I guess Westchester was too ritzy for the typical honky tonk environment.

Now that the park has modernized over the years other rides have come along to replace and some if that original effect is lost. Much of the park is carnival like. But classics like the Dragon, Old Mill, Whip, the Derby Racer, and a couple of dark rides are still there and that's what I'd love to see. If the park could continue to operate with only those things I'd be satisfied. Somewhat.

Sunday, June 15, 2014 11:05 PM

Regulus said:

...I'm sure GCI or Gravity Group would be more than glad to modify the plans in order to make this ride kapish with their insurers...


Monday, June 16, 2014 8:55 AM


Tuesday, June 17, 2014 4:08 PM

You mean capisce, the Italian word?

Still doesn't make sense. Capisce means "understand". "Make this ride understand with their insurers."

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 4:35 PM

The word intended was...."copacetic."

I'm Casey Kasem, and that is your Coasterbuzz word of the day....

Friday, June 20, 2014 12:05 PM

Excuse me for spelling, I looked up the word on Google and wrote what I saw. Playland is a beautiful park with several rides you don't see anywhere else. The Derby Racer is ran at an insane speed, ride operaters tell you to lean inwards to avoid getting ejected. As it stands unique and/or unusial rides isn't their selling point. I know of a Coaster that almost resembles the old Airplane Coaster, it's about 2,000 miles southwest from Rye, New York, and its on my "Number One" Wood Twister. If you are ever in the area of Houston, Texas I STRONGLY recommend you visit the coaster that resides there.


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