In response to fears that the field house proposed at Playland would have a major impact on neighbors, the group chosen to take over the management of the park for Westchester County announced that it will shrink the size of the building from 95,000 square feet to 82,500 square feet.
Along with an earlier cut to the outdoor field space, from three to two fields, that brings the size of the field zone from 10.16 acres to 4.86 acres at the north end of Playland’s main parking lot.
Sustainable Playland, the group chosen by County Executive Rob Astorino to run the Rye park, made the announcement Tuesday at a meeting of the Westchester legislative committee charged with reviewing its plans for overhauling the park. The committee hopes to vote by May 13.
The field house was earlier proposed at 78,000 square feet but it grew after marketing studies showed a large demand for the indoor and outdoor fields, said Geoffrey Thompson, a spokesman for Sustainable Playland. The new size of 82,500 square feet was chosen to try to address the neighbors’ concerns while keeping the facility economically viable, he said.
“There’s a give and take here and we’ve tried to compromise and adjust the plan as well as we could without gutting the plan,” Thompson said.
The smaller field zone allows for 615 more parking spaces, he said.
Parking has been another concern of opponents of Sustainable Playland’s plans. The nonprofit plans to bring in for profit partners to run the different zones at the park, including the amusement park, the beach and pool and the field zone.
The Board of Legislators will hold a public hearing on the plans on Wednesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. in the board chambers in the Michaelian Office Building, 148 Martine Ave. in White Plains. More on the plans is at www.sustainableplayland.org.