RYE - The opening of Rye Playland this weekend comes as officials are getting back to work on plans to save the park.
A county review of the "Playland Improvement Plan" has been on hold for several weeks. Sustainable Playland, a nonprofit group tasked with reinventing the historic amusement park, walked away from the process for several weeks.
They were concerned over possible lawsuits and a dispute between the county and the city of Rye over who will have the final word on what is built. Facing a May 1 deadline, the organization returned the table, but the issues that put the process on hold have not been resolved.
County legislators want to have a committee vote on the plan by July 1. County Board Chair Michael Kaplowitz says he is not optimistic that everything will run smoothly, and puts most of the blame on Sustainable Playland.
In the short term, family fun will be back at the park as of this Saturday.
For interviews on the future of Rye Playland, watch the video to the left or click 12 Extra on Channel 612.