The administration of County Executive Rob Astorino has sent the Playland Improvement Plan to the Westchester Board of Legislators, starting the formal approval process for the physical changes to the park.
The administration is asking the board to approve only the major changes contemplated for the first year of the 10-year agreement, including the removal of the miniature golf area, the reconfiguration of the parking lots and the construction of a field house and outdoor fields. It indicates that there will be annual Playland Improvement Plans sent to the board for approval.
An opinion from County Attorney Robert Meehan several months ago that outlined the board’s role in the approvals process for the Rye park effectively handed the board a veto over Astorino’s plans to turn Playland over to a private nonprofit. The board’s approval is needed for the group, Sustainable Playland, to execute its plans for the park, including refurbishing the historic buildings, bringing in new rides and adding the field house, outdoor fields and other new attractions.
The board has until Jan. 1 to approve the plans or Sustainable Playland can pull out of the deal.
But there’s skepticism among some board members about whether the plans can work, particularly because they reduce the number of parking spaces.
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