Sustainable Playland Receives Award For Vision To Revamp Playland

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From left, Bruce MacCloud, SPI board member and Doug McKean, architect for Sustainable Playland were presented with the AIA Public Advocacy Honor Award in a ceremony at the historic Capitol Theatre in Port Chester.
From left, Bruce MacCloud, SPI board member and Doug McKean, architect for Sustainable Playland were presented with the AIA Public Advocacy Honor Award in a ceremony at the historic Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. Photo Credit: Contributed

RYE, N.Y. -- Sustainable Playland Inc. was recognized by the American Institute of Architects Westchester Hudson Valley with the Public Advocacy Honor Award for its vision to revitalize Playland Park.

The Public Advocacy Honor Award has been created to recognize individuals and groups who support significant efforts to enhance or preserve the built environment, which includes promoting sustainable means and methods through design, technology and/or economic stewardship.

“SPI has embraced all of the elements germane to the Public Advocacy Honor Award’s intent and we are very pleased to distinguish them with this award,” said Gregg DeAngelis, chapter president of AIA Westchester Hudson Valley.

The SPI approach focuses on preserving and restoring the historic architecture and components of the 1928 amusement park, enhancing the public access to Long Island Sound, respecting the unique environmental attributes of the 200-acre property and creating multiple, year-round uses for the residents of Westchester that assure that the property is economically sustainable and not a drain on the county’s taxpayers.

“We are pleased to be honored by such a prestigious organization,” said Kim Morque, president of SPI. 

“To have our efforts to preserve and enhance this historic and much loved park recognized is gratifying. We’re looking forward to beginning what will be a multi-year process of revitalizing the park and we look forward to working with AIA Westchester Hudson Valley and other organizations who share our commitment to Playland.”

SPI expects to phase into the management of the park this year and to assume full management responsibilities in 2015. The restoration of revitalization of the park will be done over several years.

County Executive Rob Astorino selected SPI from among a dozen respondents to his request for proposals to re-invent Playland for the 21st Century.

SPI’s Playland Improvement Plan is currently before the county Board of Legislators for final approval.
 

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What a joke. The AIA *does* know that this thing hasn't passed any approval process, gone through any environmental review, as far as we all know doesn't even have blueprints yet, has yet to be constructed, operated and deemed at all successful or beneficial to the surrounding area, right? This thing they gave SPI an award for something that doesn't even exist yet. What an embarrassment for the AIA. Wonder how much it cost SPI to procure this little marketing trinket - a never before heard of award created just for them. Finally some transparency from SPI. This is as see-through as it gets. I wouldn't call it very honorable public advocacy to trash an entire neighborhood's quality of life and property values while putting undue burden on the entire local community's infrastructure and first responders. Not to mention leaving the County with yet another huge, very expensive ($12 million) structure to be responsible for right smack in the middle of a FEMA flood zone. Brilliant. Just brilliant. *How* much time and money is it still taking to get the Boardwalk and Ice Casino repaired and opened for business again since Hurricane Sandy 16 months ago? Let's add to the Taxpayers' financial obligations at the park even more. Some solution for Playland. Ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. The AIA should be ashamed of themselves here.