Playland Amusement Park
Rye, New York
The Westchester County Parks Commission purchased and razed Paradise Park and Rye Beach Park in 1927. The new Playland Amusement Park opened just one year later. The park's 280 acres included 7,900 feet of shoreline. Five of the rides still operating today were built before 1930! Operated by Marriott for two years in the 1980s, attendance dropped because the property was fenced in and an admission fee was charged. In 1983, the park returned to ungated operation under management of the Parks Departments of the Westchester County Government. At least eight coasters have left the park:
Airplane Coaster (1928-1957) was a wonderful wooden coaster built by Fred Church. Also called Airplane Dips and Aero-coaster.
Hurricane (1995-2003) was removed to make room for the flying coaster. (See pictures below)
Monster Coaster (1967-1984) was a Herschell Wild Mouse. It now runs in Connecticut as Mad Mouse at Quassy Amusement Park.
Whirlwind (1984-1992) was a Vekoma split corkscrew model. It later ran as Whirlwind at Knoebels Park in Pennsylvania.
Wild Mouse (1950's-1960's) was a wooden Wild Mouse coaster.
Wild Wind was built in late 1999, but removed before the 2000 season. It never opened to the public since g-forces were found to be too strong during testing.
Wildcat (1984-1991) was a Schwarzkopf Wildcat model. It also ran at Atlantic City's Steel Pier. In 2001 it moved to Pennsylvania's Williams Grove.
Zyklon (1971-1983) was a Zyklon model from Pinfari.
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