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Rye Playland Sustains Serious Damage From Sandy's Wrath

Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino surveys the damage to Playland Park in Rye Tuesday in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino surveys the damage to Playland Park in Rye Tuesday in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Photo Credit: Anna Helhoski
A Westchester County Parks official standing above a missing section of boardwalk at Playland Park in Rye.
A Westchester County Parks official standing above a missing section of boardwalk at Playland Park in Rye. Photo Credit: Anna Helhoski
Metal fencing was bent by Hurricane Sandy's high winds at Playland Park in Rye.
Metal fencing was bent by Hurricane Sandy's high winds at Playland Park in Rye. Photo Credit: Anna Helhoski
Trees were downed throughout Playland Park in Rye following Hurricane Sandy.
Trees were downed throughout Playland Park in Rye following Hurricane Sandy. Photo Credit: Anna Helhoski
A portion of the destroyed boardwalk at Playland Park in Rye in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
A portion of the destroyed boardwalk at Playland Park in Rye in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Photo Credit: Anna Helhoski
The doors of the outdoor freezer at Tiki Bar at Playland Park in Rye were ripped off during Hurricane Sandy's fierce winds.
The doors of the outdoor freezer at Tiki Bar at Playland Park in Rye were ripped off during Hurricane Sandy's fierce winds. Photo Credit: Anna Helhoski
Debris from the roof of the Tiki Bar at Playland Park in Rye from Hurricane Sandy.
Debris from the roof of the Tiki Bar at Playland Park in Rye from Hurricane Sandy. Photo Credit: Anna Helhoski
A portion of the boardwalk at Playland Park in Rye floating in the Long Island Sound.
A portion of the boardwalk at Playland Park in Rye floating in the Long Island Sound. Photo Credit: Anna Helhoski
Parts of the boardwalk at Playland Park in Rye succumbed to Hurricane Sandy's winds.
Parts of the boardwalk at Playland Park in Rye succumbed to Hurricane Sandy's winds. Photo Credit: Anna Helhoski
Westchester County Parks Commissioner Kathy O'Connor with Astorino at the north side of Playland Park Tuesday.
Westchester County Parks Commissioner Kathy O'Connor with Astorino at the north side of Playland Park Tuesday. Photo Credit: Anna Helhoski
The collapsed boardwalk at Playland Park in Rye following Hurricane Sandy.
The collapsed boardwalk at Playland Park in Rye following Hurricane Sandy. Photo Credit: Anna Helhoski
Astorino left Playland Tuesday to take a helicopter tour of the county in order to survey widespread damage.
Astorino left Playland Tuesday to take a helicopter tour of the county in order to survey widespread damage. Photo Credit: Anna Helhoski

RYE, N.Y. – Lampposts and benches, attached to large pieces of boardwalk, were floating in the Long Island Sound next to Playland Park in Rye Tuesday as Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino toured the area to survey the damage.

“It’s sad to see Playland in this kind of condition. She was destructive all over the county,” said Astorino of Hurricane Sandy, adding that the county will get an assessment in the next few days of the full cost of Playland’s damage from the storm.

The pier near Tiki Bar was buckled and boards were lifted up, revealing the water below, while remnants of the restaurant’s outdoor freezer lay several feet away from the metal structure. Trees were down and metal fences were bent back from the force of Sandy’s wind on Monday. On the north side of the park, entire chunks of the iconic boardwalk were missing.

“This is one of the things that makes Playland, Playland – the boardwalk,” said Astorino, looking over a fence where the boardwalk once stood. County Parks Commissioner Kathy O’Connor said the boardwalk was washed away, rebuilt and repaired in the past. “We will rebuild the boardwalk,” Astorino promised.

O’Connor said flooding in the basement damaged Playland’s Ice Casino. During high tide overnight, sand, saltwater and fish were rushed in by storm surge and left floating in the building’s basement.

“The salt water, there could be damage to the motors and to the equipment, so we’re inspecting all of that. There’s damage within the ice rink, damage on the roof … it’s pretty extensive here,” said Astorino.

Sustainable Playland Inc., the company tentatively hired to reinvent the historic park, has not yet been informed of the level of damage at the park. “As bad as it is here, it’s still standing and the rides as far as we know were not damaged,” he said, adding that the county is still responsible for all damages.

“She came in with a fury. For whatever reason, Sandy didn’t like Playland,” said Astorino.

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