Thursday, April 16, 2009

Playland Pier & Boardwalk

I like it here best in the Spring and Fall. Unlike many amusement parks, Playland Park in Rye is an attractive waterfront destination. Opened in 1928, this county park has many art-deco buildings, as well as a great deal of open space. It is an amusement park with an emphasis on the word park. I think the only major flaw is that the beach area is too small. Playland is scheduled to open for the season on May 9, which also means that fees and crowds will be a daily feature. I took these photos on a warm November day last autumn. Quite a few people were taking advantage of the weather, but the size of the park easily absorbed the small, off-season crowd. The pier underwent extensive renovations in the early 1990s. From the 1930s through the 1950s, large excursion steamers brought passengers to this pier. Two ships, the Americana and the Westchester carried passengers daily from Battery Park to Rye. The Wauketa traveled here from New Jersey. Despite the renovations, the pier still maintains the historic feel of an old ferry terminal. Playland Park YouTube: Dragon Coaster 1929 (?) YouTube: Polar Plunge December 2008 Flickr: Tom Hanks and Elizabeth Perkins in Big Flickr: Playland Pier Painting Rye:Playland Boardwalk My Rye: 1950 Aerial Photo


Cindy said...


This looks like the place where Tom Hanks visits in the movie "Big" to find the fortune teller machine hoping to be a kid again. Nice views of the wharfs.

matthew houskeeper said...

That's the place!
I posted a photo below the post from the film.