Every once in a while its fun to relive one’s childhood – at least the fun parts…Rye Playland is the perfect place to relive some of my fondest childhood memories. Whether it be my first tentative steps on ice skates in the winter or all the wonderful rides that the summer season has to offer – Rye Playland is an amazing place for children of all ages . That includes “adult” children…
But Playland is not your typical amusement park. Playland of Rye New York is a Westchester landmark. Built in 1928 the entire design was in the Art Deco style. The original design included the boardwalk and ice-skating rinks along with many rides and attractions. The park was declared a national historic landmark in 1987.
Among the famous rides still in use to this day is the Dragon Coaster – a wooden rollercoaster. Originally built in 1929 it has about 3400 feet of track and is 85 feet high at its tallest point. The trains have been modernized for safety considerations, but the track itself is the original. So iconic is the Dragon Coaster that, it appears prominently in the Playland logo.
Another major “iconic” ride is the “Grand Carousel”. Originally built in 1915 and located in New Haven, it was later moved to Playland where it remains to this day. The carousel’s horses are hand carved with remarkable details including inlaid gemstones and lolling tongues.
Unfortunately, the recession has hit the County of Westchester hard and attendance at Playland has dropped over the past several years. However, the place was packed the day I was there. I hope that Playland can be salvaged in its original state – as an amusement park.
For more information on events and Rye Playland’s famous fireworks go to: RyePlayland.org
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