Plans propose part of Playland parking lot to be used for sports complex

The group Sustainable Playland has proposed plans to use a substantial part of the parking lot for a sports complex. (3/25/14)

RYE - Rye Playland is supposed to be a happy place, but people living near the county-owned amusement park aren’t pleased with part of the plans to improve the facility.

Neighbors are concerned about a proposal that would eliminate some of the parking at Playland.

The group Sustainable Playland has proposed plans to use a substantial part of the parking lot for a sports complex.

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The fear is that on a busy day, many people will go to the amusement park and find the lot closed.

Neighbors say people already use surrounding streets as a drop-off point, as well as to park without paying for a spot in the lot.

Members of a Westchester County Board committee spent two hours on Tuesday morning grilling Sustainable Playland officials and their traffic engineer.

Some legislators see major gaps in planning for parking. Sustainable Playland President Kim Morque says the group is open to other options.

County Board Chair Michael Kaplowitz warned Morque that as of right now, their plans may not have the needed support to get board approval.

Playland parking will find a spot on the agenda for the committee at its next meeting in April.

Playland is scheduled to open for the 2014 season on May 10.

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