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Lawmakers Report on Their Playland Parking Meeting

by Thomas Staudter

White Plains, NY – Members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) raised important questions today during a review of the Traffic and Parking Report for the revitalization of Playland at a meeting of the BOL Labor/Parks/Planning/Housing Committee (LPPH), chaired by Legislator Pete Harckham (D-North Salem).

Executives from Sustainable Playland, Inc. (SPI) attended the BOL committee meeting and imparted further details of their Playland Improvement Plan (PIP), which included several major changes to the traffic flow and parking capacity at Playland made necessary with the opening of a new, 82,000 square-foot Field House planned for Westchester’s iconic 280-acre recreation area and amusement park.

“The goal here is to ensure, through a collaborative and open process, that Playland is a financial success for all the stakeholders, especially the county’s taxpayers,” said Harckham. “The proposed changes to the park need to be made in consideration of a number of questions and different factors. We’re on the right track toward getting the answers we need so the Committee’s analysis can go forward.”

During today’s presentation the legislators learned that some peak attendance dates at Playland would bring in more vehicular traffic than could be handled by the parking areas proposed in the PIP. Construction and planned use of the Field House and Playing Fields will take up some of the existing parking spaces. Also, a new traffic ingress to the part of the Playland property where the Field House will be situated is planned.

 “Today, we were given a lot of new information about getting patrons in and out of Playland safely and comfortably, and the impact some of the changes will have on parking availability,” said BOL Majority Leader Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining). “There are now more questions, however, about whether the effort to make Playland a popular year-round destination meshes with SPI’s desire to keep attendance at a certain limit. I am eager to receive more information about how this will be resolved.”

SPI announced today that satellite parking areas will be developed as well, to deal with parking overflow on busy days and nights at Playland. Also, a private enforcement agency will be hired to keep patrons from parking on neighboring streets and walking over to Playland.

“It was good to have a discussion with SPI to address parking issues at Playland,” said BOL Chairman Michael Kaplowitz (D-Somers). “Parking remains one of the primary issues of concern for the Board of Legislators, as it is for the residents who live near the park.  Legislator Harckham’s committee continues to work through the review process for SPI’s plans, and I’m confident that our oversight here at the Board of Legislators will make the Playland Improvement Plan the best it can be.”

 

Deirdre Curran March 27, 2014 at 10:54 AM
Put two outdoor fields in up there in the back where they used to be, put up a bubble in the parking lot post-Labor day with two more indoor fields and maybe a basketball court and some paddle tennis or laser tag or something else along those lines (how about something to do indoors for kids that *aren't* athletically inclined, how about THEM?). The bubbles come down in the spring, they got fall, winter and spring outdoor fields, winter time indoor fields, the full lot remains for the summer, the park hums, makes money, improvements get made, restorations get done, they extend the season with special events and some creative ideas....that's all a viable alternative to this huge construction project. They won't hear of it. WHY NOT?
smellypants March 27, 2014 at 11:09 AM
Not unreasonable suggestion!
Deirdre Curran March 27, 2014 at 11:42 AM
Thanks Smelly I think so too. Seems to me like it would solve everyone's problems and we could proceed with moving things forward and making everyone reasonably happy.
Deirdre Curran March 27, 2014 at 11:43 AM
See this other Patch posting for link to SPI's meeting with the BOL this Tuesday, it focused on the traffic and parking issues------http://rye.patch.com/groups/opinion/p/spis-traffic--parking-meeting-with-legislators-32514
Deirdre Curran March 27, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Oh, and here's just one of a couple that are out on the Journal News site in last day or two-----http://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/westchester/2014/03/26/city-rye-wants-control-playland-makeover-plans/6910499/

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