The argument over whether a field house would be good or bad for Playland Park dominated a public hearing Wednesday held by the committee of the Westchester Board of Legislators in charge of reviewing plans for an overhaul of the park.
Joe Porter of Rye said the field house will not fit into the context of the National Historic Landmark park, which was designed around the shoreline of Long Island Sound and the other natural features.
“The field house is really too big for that site,” he said.
Others spoke about the chronic shortage of field space in the county.
Bailey Flood of Purchase, a coach with the FC Westchester soccer organization, rejected the idea raised by other speakers that another location should be found for the fields.
“There’s no where else to go, that’s why it’s proposed here,” she said.
The field house, which is to be built in the existing parking lot, is part of a plan by the Rye-based nonprofit Sustainable Playland for an overhaul of the park designed to preserve the historic elements and bring in more yearround attractions. Sustainable was chosen by County Executive Rob Astorino to take over the management of the park and the Board of Legislators has approval authority over its plans.
Veering from the focus on the field house, Michael Kaufman of Hartsdale spoke for the board of the Friends of Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary. He asked the Board of Legislators to mandate that Sustainable stick to its original plan for the shore zone, which links Playland to Edith Read, by only allowing overflow parking there on the busiest days of the year and not full time.
For more information go to www.sustainableplayland.org.