Tentative 10-year deal for operation of NY park

NY's Westchester County has tentative 10-year deal for private management of amusement park

Associated Press

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- A private partnership has tentatively agreed to manage a county-owned amusement park in New York for at least the next 10 years.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino said Thursday that the money-losing Playland park in Rye could be taken over on Oct. 1 by Sustainable Playland Inc.

However, the company can pull out if approvals are not in place by Jan. 1.

Some approvals must come from the county Legislature, and several members expressed doubts about the deal Thursday.

Astorino announced in October that he had chosen Sustainable Playland after a competition. The group's plan includes keeping Playland open year-round, retaining its historic rides and adding sports fields.

Westchester could receive up to $1.2 million annually.

The art deco amusement park is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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