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Rye Mom Supports Children's Museum at Playland

RYE, N.Y. -- Catherine Parker is a city councilwoman and runs her own travel agency, but she is also a mother and would like to see the Westchester Children's Museum open up at Rye Playland as soon as possible."I think children learn best through playing," said Parker. "So as a parent I look for those opportunities."

Parker is anticipating an upcoming vote by the Westchester County Board of Legislators Monday to approve a lease for the museum at Playland's North Bathhouse.

The museum does not currently have a physical space but has been actively engaged in outreach programs, bringing exhibits and educational activities to schools and community centers throughout the county.The museum is engaged in a letter-writing campaign, asking supporters to encourage county legislators to approve the lease at its meeting."Now is the time to move forward on this," said Parker, who said she would like to see the museum open by next summer, though museum administrators have said it could take 18 months to open once the property is leased.Whether the museum will be able to open with the start of Playland's operating season, Park sees it as part of a broader initiative to make use of Playland's space year-round."If it were in my backyard I would be taking my children there all the time," said Parker.

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