Fee to Rye PLayland waived for residents

July 6, 2011 1:54:36 PM PDT
It's been a source of fun for generations, a national landmark which opened in 1928. But getting into Rye Playland isn't what it used to be. For the last three years, adults who don't go on any of the rides have been charged a spectator fee- 5 dollars for Westchester residents, 10 for non-residents.

The entrance fee has been called by some, a grandparent tax. Last month, county executive, Rob Astorino, vetoed legislation that eliminated the fee for county residents. But Wednesday, in a 12-4 vote, the board of legislators overrode that veto. Meaning non-Westchester residents will still have to pay, but those who live in the county won't.

By eliminating the fees, it's estimated the county will lose $300,000. But Democrats hope to make up the revenue through increased attendance

Republican opponents of the plan, point out the county only receives 20% of concessions thereby minimizing the impact of any increased attendance.

Many lawmakers say the underlying issue remains finding a long term solution for the Playland, which remains the only government-owned and operated amusement park in the country.