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Rye in Westchester County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Playland Amusement Park

 
 
Playland Amusement Park Marker - Close-up image. Click for full size.
By Suzanne Clary, April 7, 2013
1. Playland Amusement Park Marker - Close-up
Inscription. Has been designated a National Historic Landmark This Site Possesses National Significance In Commemorating the History of the United States of America 1987 National Park Service United States Department of the Interior
 
Erected 1987 by National Park Service United States Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 40° 57.867′ N, 73° 40.755′ W. Marker is in Rye, New York, in Westchester County. Marker can be reached from Playland Parkway near Forest Avenue. Click for map. The Marker is located well into the main park area to the left of the Ice Casino. It is mounted at the entrance of the grassy mall on a low white and orange fence directly in line with the Music Tower. During the off season it is inaccessible behind the turnstiles and a large locked gate but it is visible through the bars. Marker is in this post office area: Rye NY 10580, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Purdy Burying Ground (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rye Meeting House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Old Rye Fort 1675
Playland Amusement Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Suzanne Clary, April 7, 2013
2. Playland Amusement Park Marker
(approx. one mile away); This is one of some 230 markers erected on the Boston Post Road in 1763 (approx. one mile away but has been reported missing); a different marker also named This is one of some 230 markers erected on the Boston Post Road in 1763 (approx. 1.1 miles away); Boston Post Road (approx. 1.4 miles away); Boston Post Road Historic District (approx. 1.5 miles away); African Cemetery 1860-1964 (approx. 1.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Rye.
 
Regarding Playland Amusement Park. The statement of significance submitted for Playland Amusement Park as of February 27, 1987 describes the 280 acre landmark like this:

"Opened in 1928, this is the first totally planned amusement park in America, and was designed specifically to accommodate automobile travelers. After more than 50 years, its Art Deco design and architecture remain essentially unaltered, and it has served as a prototype for contemporary theme parks. Several of the park's original rides, including the Dragon Roller Coaster, still operate and are of major individual significance because of their rarity."

http://tps.cr.nps.gov/nhl/detail.cfm?ResourceId=1835&ResourceType

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Playland Amusement Park - Historic Ride - The Kiddy Coaster image. Click for full size.
By Suzanne Clary, April 7, 2013
3. Playland Amusement Park - Historic Ride - The Kiddy Coaster
buildings and rides for Playland were laid out by the architectural firm of Walker & Gillette (A. Stewart Walker (1876–1952)and Leon N. Gillette (1878–1945)who were active from 1906 through 1945.)

The historic rides that are contributing structures of the NHL nomination include 1)the Dragon Coaster
2)the Whip 3) Ye Old Mill 4)the Derby Racer 5)the Kiddy Coaster 6)the Kiddy Carousel 7)the Grand Carousel

The Derby Racer is one of only 2 such rides in the country and like 2 other historic rides, the Whip, and the Grand Carousel, it is contained in an original Walker & Gillette frame with a lamella roof.
 
Additional keywords. Rye
 
Categories. EntertainmentRoads & Vehicles
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Suzanne Clary of Rye, New York. This page has been viewed 443 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Suzanne Clary of Rye, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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