|Hello Friends and Neighbors:
The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) will be hosting a public information session on Wednesday, February 13 in consideration of the four proposals to revitalize Playland, the 280-acre County Park and National Historic landmark.
The Playland public information session will be held in the Little Theater at the Westchester County Center, 198 Central Avenue, White Plains.
I hope you’ll consider joining us!
The event will begin at 6:30 PM with trade show-style presentations from representatives of the four revitalization proposals—Sustainable Playland, Standard Amusements, Central Amusements and the Paidia Company—and those in attendance can visit each of the four vendor areas, look at materials and ask questions. At 7:30 PM there will be an hour-long Q & A period in which people can make comments about the proposals as well.
Although I will be moderating the proceedings, it is expected that those representing the four different proposals will be answering most of the questions.
The Board of Legislators moved forward last month with its evaluation of the top four proposals for the revitalization of Playland when the Government Operations Committee outlined goals for the decision process and began in-depth discussions with the four Playland RFP respondents regarding proposed operations, financial viability and intended modifications to the park and infrastructure.
I think this public information session will be an excellent opportunity for concerned residents and business owners to be engaged in the process of revitalizing Playland and see for themselves what each proposal offers in terms of enjoyment and economic viability. This iconic park has created so many great memories for generations of Westchester residents, so we should ensure that Playland’s long-term future moves in the right direction. Because once the contracts are signed there will be no chance for second-guessing.
In the 2012 Adopted County Budget, Playland expenses were $12.4 million plus $3.6 million of debt service. Departmental revenue for the park was budgeted at $10.3 million. Without the debt service, the park was slated to make a $1.6 million profit.
Links to each of the Playland proposal presentation can be found on the Government Operations Committee page on the BOL website: http://westchesterlegislators.com/committees.html?id=2029
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