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June 28, 2007

Playland Park Reports Large Increase In Attendance

Rye, NY -- With summer just a week old there is already good news at Playland amusement park. On Tuesday, park officials told the county that the amusement park is already far ahead of their budget projections.

Attendance and revenue are up compared to the same period last year. This is especially good news since the county owned amusement park has struggled financially in recent years.

As of the close of day Sunday, Playland officials reported that 219,898 peopled had visited the amusement park, an increase of 37% from last year.

Revenues were also far ahead of projections. The amusement park generated more than $3.1 million in revenue so far. That's $384,444 more than the county projected.

The recent good weather has benefited Playland. Last year the park was closed several days due to weather and so far weather has only affected operations once.

"Golf courses, amusement parks, beaches and pools are weather-dependent industries, and our weekend weather, specifically, has been great," said Dan McBride, director of Playland.

While much of the credit for the improved performance was given to the weather, McBride did note that the recent purchase of eight rides by the county from outside operators contributed to the revenue increase.

Earlier this year the county approved the purchase of eight rides owned by outside vendors. Catch a Wave, Crazy Mouse, Double Shot, Fun Slide, Kiddyland's Jungle Jammin, Kite Flyer, Playland Plunge, and Super Flight were purchased for about $6 million.

For more information, see Playland Park or visit www.ryeplayland.org

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