Westchester County buys rides at Rye Playland for $6 million

Posted Tuesday, March 13, 2007 8:55 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The Westchester County Board of Legislators voted unanimously last night to amend the capital budget and buy the rides for $6 million. The rides are all in place at the county-run amusement park in Rye, and are staffed and maintained by county employees. But leases and revenue-sharing agreements with outside owners leach away some of the profits.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007 3:51 PM
Hehe, the County bought a Vekoma flyer. So much for representative government...LOL! :)
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Tuesday, March 13, 2007 7:01 PM
So was this the last park with ride vendors or leased rides?

Chuck

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007 8:52 PM
Worse Bill...a Zamperla Flyer! ;)
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Wednesday, March 14, 2007 12:08 AM
^ LOL....way worse. Accurate even.

Sadly...one I've ridden. The things we do for credits....

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007 12:23 AM
Wouldn't it make sense that if Playland buys the rides, that it will be in thier best interest to maintain them into as perfect shape as possible or do you think the individual ride owners would want as much up time as possible in order to make optimal profits?

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007 2:49 PM
I think this is quite a good move for the park. Having been there last summer, it was a neat place to visit with a lot of history, etc. Now if they could actually follow through with the long term master plan for the park (sky ride over the Sound, rebuild the Aeroplane, etc.) it could really be a destination place for out of towners as well as locals.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2007 3:02 PM
Hey, now! I actually *liked* the Zamperla flyer... granted, it's the bottom of the barrel as far as flyers go, but it's not too bad IMO... obviously, YMMV ;)
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Thursday, March 15, 2007 10:33 AM
Having been on B & M, Vekoma, and Zamperla, it ranks #2 in my listing behind the B & M. I must be wierd in this sense, but I didn't have a bit of problem with headbanging on it, whereas the last two Vekoma rides have been downright painful (and yes, they were at two different parks as well).
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