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Rye Playland To Reopen On May 11

Rye Playland is expected to open for the season May 11.
Rye Playland is expected to open for the season May 11. Photo Credit: Justin Stock

RYE, N.Y. - Residents should be able to enjoy Rye Playland as usual when Hurricane Sandy storm damage repairs are completed this spring, officials said.

The Westchester County Board of Legislators approved its $12.5 million repair plan Jan. 29 to fix the roof structure on the ice casino and repair the boardwalk near the facility’s beach and shoreline.

Catherine Borgia, county legislator and chair of the government operations committee, which oversees county parks, said repairs are underway from two bond acts.

“We’re opening for the season in May,” she said.

The iconic park is expected to reopen May 11.

The first bond act, totaling $4,925,000, will fund the cost of the design and construction of the roof structure, boilers and other structural work at the Playland Ice Casino. The Ice Casino remains closed for the season after suffering extensive damage during the hurricane. During the storm, high winds blew off two doors on the Ice Casino facing the Long Island Sound and a 15-foot storm surge flooded the basement and damaged boilers.

The roof structure, which was found to have significant cracking during a February 2012 inspection, requires major repairs before the facility can be reopened, according to the county's Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation.

The second bond act, totaling $7,575,000, will go toward repairing the boardwalk at Playland.

The boardwalk also remains closed to residents in its off-season since parts of the structure heaved, buckled or were completely washed away during the storm.

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