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ribbonMay 13, 2019 -- Playland’s 2019 Opening Day is going in the record books as having the highest attendance the park has seen on opening day in 7 years. The Park welcomed 8,228 people on opening day, with attendees enjoying the rides, food, musical entertainment and Kiddie Land shows. 

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “This attendance record shows just how important refreshed marketing, creativity and drive are when promoting an amusement park. The workers at Playland did a fantastic job readying the park – it was spotless and colorful and adorned with our new mascot Coaster. I thank them for their tireless work. Hearing the roar of the Dragon Coaster coupled with laughter under the warm sunshine was the perfect Saturday at Playland Park. I am excited to see attendance continue to climb as we roll out more of our promotional events at Playland this season.” 

Westchester County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Commissioner Kathy O’Connor said: “Opening day at Playland this season was a dream.  I am incredibly proud of the work of the Parks Department and incredibly thankful for County Executive Latimer’s support of Playland. Playland is different this season – you can feel the energy and excitement – and we are looking forward to rolling out all of our new programs and initiatives.  It is going to be a great summer at Playland.”

Westchester County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Deputy Commissioner Peter Tartaglia said: “I want to thank County Executive Latimer for his commitment and vision.  People are excited to come out to Playland in a way that has been missing for years. There is an excitement and a buzz, people see us more on television and on social media. Customers know this is a fun and safe place to be and they want to be part of it.”

Playland General Manager Frank Carrieri said: “The 2019 season at Playland is off to a tremendous start – we are proud and excited of all the new programs and events we are running this summer and the public is also. There is an energy and an excitement at this Park we haven’t seen in a long time, and I want to thank County Executive Latimer for believing in Playland and fighting to keep this the people’s park.”

Playland has been Westchester County and the New York Metropolitan areas’ great family amusement park and entertainment center since 1928. For the 2019 season, the Park is welcoming many new, exciting events and promotions – including a collaboration with ArtsWestchester and the Westchester Parks Foundation for a public art display, the first new commercial in 10 years, the welcoming of “Town Days” to promote community and 11 new musical acts. 

Latimer continued: “This administration is committed to Playland. We plan to run this park with a level of energy and vitality that has been missing.  This is a County park for County people - and whether you live in the far northwest corner of this County in Cortlandt, Peekskill or Buchanan, or down in the southeast portion near Pelham Manor and New Rochelle, or if you are in Yonkers in the southwest corner, or North Salem in the northeast section of the County - Playland is a park for you.”

Among the new features for the 2019 Season: a public art display, Westchester Town Days, the Westchester Loves to Read Program, laser shows, 11 new musical acts, a new coaster mascot, new social media campaign #HeyCoaster, Playland museum, updated commercial and updated webpage (playlandpark.org).

Art

The public has come forward and requested that Playland have public art and more art displays. The County has identified space on the Boardwalk to be used for an art installation. With the assistance of ArtsWestchester, and with funding being provided by the Westchester Parks Foundation, the County will be issuing an RFP for an art display this summer.  The art creation will be available for public viewing and unveiled 1-2 weeks later. The art will remain at the park for the remainder of the summer.

ArtsWestchester CEO Janet T. Langsam said: “ArtsWestchester is proud to be partnering with the County and The Westchester Parks Foundation on a unique public art project for Playland. Artists working in all media will be invited to submit proposals for a site-specific installation that will activate a space overlooking the Rye Beach Boardwalk to be unveiled at Playland this summer.”

Executive Director of the Westchester Parks Foundation Joe Stout said: “The Westchester Parks Foundation believes that our parks are to be enjoyed and used by everyone. This public arts initiative is a perfect way to communicate that spirit of welcome and to add another destination at Playland for everyone to enjoy this summer.” 

Town Days

Focused on building community and celebrating the unique towns, cities and villages of Westchester County this summer, the County will be featuring “Town Days,”  Tuesdays – Fridays, June 25 – August 31 (except July 4).  From A to Z, Playland will celebrate each town, village and city with their own Town Day. With proof of ID, each resident will receive discount coupons when they arrive at the park by going to the Fountain Plaza Administration Building. Municipalities will also have a chance to display booths of information and proudly display what makes them unique at the Fountain Plaza on their special day.  Discounts include one free mini golf entry, two for one ride admission, one free beach or pool admission, $1 off of one food value meal and a $5 discount for parking on a return visit to the park. 

 Schedule:

  • Tues, June 25        Ardsley Day

  • Wed, June 26        Bedford Day

  • Thurs, June 27      Briarcliff Manor Day

  • Fri, June 28           Bronxville Day

  • Tues, July 2           Buchanan Day

  • Wed, July 3           Cortlandt Day

  • Friday, July 5        Croton-on-Hudson Day

  • Tues, July 9           Dobbs Ferry Day

  • Wed, July 10         Eastchester Day

  • Thurs, July 11       Elmsford Day

  • Fri, Jul 12              Greenburgh Day

  • Tues, July 16         Harrison Day (Town/Village)

  • Wed, July 17         Hastings-on-Hudson Day

  • Thurs, July 18       Irvington Day

  • Fri, July 19            Larchmont Day

  • Tues, July 23         Lewisboro Day

  • Wed, July 24         Mamaroneck Day (Town/Village)

  • Thurs, July 25       Mount Kisco Day

  • Fri, July 26            Mount Pleasant Day

  • Tues, July 30         Mount Vernon Day

  • Wed, July 31         New Castle Day

  • Thurs, Aug 1         New Rochelle Day

  • Fri, Aug 2              North Castle Day

  • Tues, Aug 6          North Salem Day

  • Wed, Aug 7           Ossining Day (Town/Village)

  • Thurs, Aug 8         Peekskill Day

  • Fri, Aug 9              Pelham Day

  • Tues, Aug 13        Port Chester Day

  • Wed, Aug 14         Pound Ridge Day

  • Thurs, Aug 15       Rye Day (City/Town)

  • Fri, Aug 16            Rye Brook Day

  • Tues, Aug 20        Scarsdale Day (Town/Village)

  • Wed, Aug 21         Sleepy Hollow Day

  • Thurs, Aug 22       Somers Day

  • Fri, Aug 23            Tarrytown Day

  • Tues, Aug 27        Tuckahoe Day

  • Wed, Aug 28         White Plains Day

  • Thurs, Aug 29       Yonkers Day

  • Fri, Aug 30            Yorktown Day

 

Westchester Loves to Read Program

Open to students County-wide in grades Pre-K through 5, this reading initiative asked students to log their reading time beginning starting Oct. 1, 2018 and ending on May 5, 2019. Students who read 4,000 minutes during that time, or roughly 15-20 minutes a day, received a free pass to Playland Park’s Opening Day.

 

Laser Show

June 8- Sept. 2 the new laser show will be displayed every day at 7:45 p.m. and 9p.m.  The show is a colorful, wonder-filled extravaganza of music and dancing laser lights that come to life every night.

 

Concerts

We are proud to be featuring 11 musical performances this season, a 60% increase over years past.  The musical performances include many well-known bands from across the tristate area. 

  • May 11 – Gilbert Band

  • June 16 – Mamaroneck’s School of Rock

  • June 22- Band Bedrock

  • June 28- Tramps Like Us, Springsteen Tribute Band

  • June 30 – East Coast School Tour, School of Rock

  • July 14 – Playland Palooza: Playland D.J., Penelope Robin, String n’ Skins, Genessa & The Selena Experience

  • July 26 – Voyage, Journey Tribute Band

  • July 27 – Brandi and the Alexanders

  • August 2 – Back to the Eighties Show, Jessie’s Girl

  • August 11 – Dr, K’s Motown Revue

  • August 23 – Amish Outlaws

 

Brandi Thompson lead vocalist of Brandi and the Alexanders said: “We are thrilled to come to Playland Park and perform with you guys this summer. We are a funk, soul and rock n’roll ensemble and we’re going bring that energy and vitality [that the County Executive] was talking about before to this park and bring back the glory days we all want to see here.”

 

Coaster - #HeyCoaster

The Playland mascot Coaster was refreshed this year to appeal to children.  Updated for the first time in more than 20 years, the new Coaster is a cartoon figure who children are naturally drawn to. He is being promoted with a social media campaign #HeyCoaster.  He can be found popping up all over Westchester County from May 1 until the end of the Playland 2019 season.

 

Museum

Playland has a rich history that is treasured by the people of Westchester County. The County has now created a special Playland Museum to showcase the park’s rich history. Though small at the moment, the County plans to expand its showcase of the Park’s history.

Commercial

For the first time in 10 years Playland has a new television commercial.  Focused on promoting Playland as a full day destination, the commercial celebrates youth and joy and stars local children.  

 

Webpage - playlandpark.org

The new revamped webpage is easy to navigate and dynamic to look at.  The sliders are modern and will change throughout the season.