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Rye Playland Hosts Day For People With Disabilities

Rye Playland will host its annual Day for People with Disabilities this Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Rye Playland will host its annual Day for People with Disabilities this Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Westchester County

RYE, N.Y. -- Rye Playland will host its 38th annual Day for People with Disabilities this Friday.

The park will be open to all Westchester County residents with disabilities and their immediate families. The day will include free rides, entertainment and activities. Nearly 7,000 people have been invited to take part in the event.

"Playland Day gives people with disabilities an opportunity to enjoy all the great things Playland has to offer, and join in the fun with thousands of other families who share their same experiences," said Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.

The day is sponsored by the Tommie Cares Foundation, in partnership with the county's Office for the Disabled and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation. The Tommie Cares Foundation will host adventure water sport activities at Rye Beach, where specially trained lifeguards will supervise children with special needs as they take part in kayaking, stand up paddling, outrigger canoeing and more.

"We are thrilled to partner with Westchester County and take part in this fantastic event," said Tom Kallish, founder of Tommie Cares. "This year we'll be bringing a whole new dimension to Playland Day, offering more than a hundred special needs children the thrill of lifetime as they buddy up with our dozens of volunteer athletes and lifeguards to participate in real life adventure sports, right there at Rye Beach where their families can watch and enjoy the experience along with them."

Verizon will provide volunteers to handle traffic control, registration and ride assistance, and Pepsi has donated prizes, gifts and promotional material.

"I want to give a special thanks to Tom Kallish and the whole Tommie Cares team for sponsoring this year's event, and for making it even more special," Astorino said. "We truly hope this is a partnership that will last for many years to come."

The water adventure sports will take place at 8 a.m. Friday at Rye Beach. Children and families who wish to participate should register online . Playland Day for People with Disabilities will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no rain date scheduled. For more information, contact the Office for the Disabled at 914-995-2956 or Tommie Cares Foundation 917-283-2292.

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