Demolition of concrete tower at Rye Playland may put the landmark in jeopardy

The demolition of one concrete tower at Rye Playland has some concerned that the historic landmark?s character may be in jeopardy.

For almost 80 years, Rye Playland has drawn people from all over the world to the shore of the Long Island Sound to visit the park. Playland is among a select group of sites designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Parks Service. Rye?s park is on the list for its 1920s vintage rides and art-deco architecture.

However, when one of the stucco towers which line the park?s main mall started to crumble, the county board rejected a request for money to preserve it. Ultimately, the tower was torn down. A member of the county?s Historic Preservation Advisory Committee says the fear is that if more of the structures are destroyed, the park could lose its status as a National Historic Landmark.

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