Sandy-damaged Playland Ice Casino unlikely to be repaired by fall hockey season

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The Ice Casino at Playland in Rye, which was damaged by the storm surge and wind from Hurricane Sandy in October, will probably not be repaired by the start of the hockey season this September, Westchester Public Works Commissioner Jay Pisco told legislators Tuesday.

Pisco said county designers will be done with their work in May and then the project will be put out to bid. Construction is expected to take six to nine months. An aggressive contractor could work faster, he said.

County officials had said they hoped to have the building repaired by September.

“We’re pushing for mid-September,” Pisco said. “We haven’t lost sight of that date.”

Legislators complained that the timeline leaves too much uncertainty for hockey coaches, who are booking their ice time now, to rely on the Ice Casino. They need to know now, said Legislator Judy Myers, D-Mamaroneck, who represents the area around Playland.

“They’d much rather be at the Ice Casino,” she said at a Government Operations Committee meeting Tuesday morning.

The delay will cost the county money, said Legislator MaryJane Shimsky, D-Hastings.

“Our income is going to plummet,” she said.

Legislators also asked if the design work could be prioritized within the department and sped up.

“This is a place where all of those layoffs the past few years come home to roost and it’s going to cost us financially,” Shimsky said.

Photo: The Playland Ice Casino in Rye, meets the churning waters of Long Island Sound after Sandy, Oct. 30, 2012. (Mark Vergari/The Journal News)

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  1. Susan Schuettenberg on

    What I do not understand is WHY the ice casino repairs have been delayed when it was in the budget LAST YEAR to repair the roof damage??

    The 2012-13 season was already slated to be repaired over the spring of 2013. What changed this plan??