Petition to save Rye Playland gains momentum

By | February 27, 2013

RP picA Change.org online petition has been created by those who want Playland Park in Rye, N.Y. to remain a true traditional amusement park. The petition is gaining momentum with numerous individuals from around the world showing their support by signing and commenting.

The petition asks that the Westchester County, N.Y. Executive and Board of Legislators select a future operator of Playland Park that will maintain Playland as a traditional and historic amusement park without reducing the footprint of the amusement area. Signatories of this petition want Playland to be operated by an experienced amusement park operator that 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 states: “Signatories support plans of Standard Amusements and/or Central Amusements International (CAI) as said proposals stood as of Feb. 20, 2013. Both companies would improve the amusement park and invest in additional capital improvements, while respecting the property’s history and atmosphere. They believe that these proposals offer the strongest choices for the financial success of Playland.

“Signatories are opposed to the proposal of Sustainable Playland Incorporated (SPI) as said proposal stood as of Feb. 20, 2013. SPI plans to remove 30 percent of the rides and reduce the footprint size of the amusement park by over 50 percent. We believe that decreasing the size of the amusement park and removing rides will drastically reduce the number of paying users of Playland.”

The petition and signatories comments can be found at: www.change.org/petitions/save-playland-amusement-park