Attendance, revenues up at Playland, county-owned amusement park in NY suburbs, after decline

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WHITE PLAINS, New York — Westchester County says attendance at its Playland amusement park shot up by 20 percent this year.

Declines in previous years have led to fears for the future of Playland, an 86-year-old Art Deco landmark in Rye.

But a county Parks Department report says nearly 468,000 people visited this year, compared to just over 390,000 last year.

Gross revenue was up from $7.1 million to $8.8 million.

Officials attributed the increases to good weather, promotions and special events.

Playland lost $4.3 million in 2013, including debt service. The county government is trying to find contractors who will revitalize the park, which is the largest government-run amusement park in the country.

It was featured in the Tom Hanks movie "Big."

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