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Children’s Museum a Go for Playland

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Calling it “the perfect example of a public private partnership,” Westchester County Legislator (Judy Myers, D-Mamaroneck) hailed the unanimous approval Monday of the long-awaited, volunteer-driven, twisted and turned deal for a Childrens Museum on the boardwalk at Playland in Rye.

The  County Board of Legislators okayed a $1-a-year lease over 10 years in exchange for millions in renovations in the historic North Bathhouse, which has been vacant about 40 years.
The Westchester Children’s Museum will lease (for $1.00) about 21,000 square feet and do up to $6.44 million in renovations and repairs.
Only a few weeks ago, County Executive Rob Astorino postponed approval of any contract until the County decides the fate of the 1928 landmark.

Asked how she feels, Myers replied, “Ecstatic! This is the right place at the right time. Full speed ahead. She said that 870,000 children under 11 years of age live within a 15-mile driving radius of the future museum site.

According to the Board of legislators,  the Children’s Museum has raised over $8 million for the project. Tracy Kay from the Children’s Museum expects to have 198,000 visitors per year and 50,000 cars over the course of a year.

If the museum is not open a year after signing the lease, the property reverts back to the County.

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