After County Executive Rob Astorino picked Sustainable Playland in 2012 to take over the management of the park, the group submitted a multi-year plan in September to refurbish historic buildings, replace rides and add new attractions that must be approved by the county board. A Jan. 1 target date for approvals in the management agreement, after which Sustainable had the right to withdraw from the agreement, has come and gone but Sustainable Playland is continuing to cooperate with the review.
The Committee on Parks, Labor, Planning and Housing, under Legislator Peter Harckham, D-North Salem, has set a schedule of nearly weekly meetings when the committee will look at issues including traffic and parking, the environmental review, legal issues, the plan financials and concerns among Rye officials and residents. Two public hearings are also planned, one near the beginning of the process and one at the end. A committee vote is tentatively scheduled for May 13.
The Budget and Economic Development committees must also pass out the legislation approving the plan. The full Board of Legislators could vote as soon as late May.
The Playland Improvement Plan and other information is at www.sustainableplayland.org.