Westchester exec says closing Playland an option

September 22, 2011 9:55:39 AM PDT
The Westchester county executive says closing the Playland amusement park would save taxpayers $2 million next year and has to be considered a budget option.

County Executive Rob Astorino says Thursday that closing the county-owned park would be drastic and he was not yet recommending it.

But he warned of a $100 million deficit in 2012 and said he would not propose any increase in property taxes.

Playland, a National Historic Landmark, is about 25 miles north of midtown Manhattan. It opened in 1928.

Astorino said attendance was 420,000 this year, down from 500,000 in 2010 and 1 million in 2000.

He said areas of the park such as the boardwalk, the beach and a bird sanctuary, would not be affected by closing the amusement-ride section.