Written by Pamela Stern.
An “informational meeting” was held at the Rye Free Reading Room last week about the proposed Field House at Playland. This meeting drew a lot of attention from the Rye residents whose homes will be affected by the new Field House, which is being proposed by Sustainable Playland.
This Field House will have several amenities including two turf fields, food service, rest rooms, and party rooms. Sports that will be played here include, lacrosse, soccer, field hockey, basketball and volleyball.
There was standing room only at the Dec. 11 meeting because residents wanted to get answers to their questions, but were frustrated because they were reminded that this was “an informational” meeting only not a question and answer session.
Although people were given cards to write their questions on and some of the questions were answered others weren’t and the crowd was not happy about that. Questions that were raised were in regards to traffic, garbage, parking, noise and safety.
Michael Visci, a 49-year resident of Rye, was concerned because there were many contradictions in the plans and what was being told to the public. “ I am not against the construction, I am concerned about the roads and congestion during the summer months. I have many concerns, but the traffic, parking, noise and safety are important to me because this is happening in my neighborhood. In the past, Playland has been open until 10pm, but this new proposed Field House is going to be open until 11pm seven days a week 365 days a year which will make a difference in noise, traffic and safety.”