Portion of Playland Parkway to be Dedicated to Lifelong Humanitarian John Carey

In celebration of the life and legacy of the late Honorable John Carey, Westchester County Executive George Latimer has renamed a portion of Playland Parkway to “John Carey Place.” Carey passed away in October 2019 at the age of 95 after a long, distinguished career in public service, and John Carey Place has been permanently named in his honor. 

Watch County Executive George Latimer’s Remarks in Honor of John Carey.

Carey was a veteran of World War II, served as Mayor of the City of Rye as well as City Councilman, was a gifted attorney and legal scholar of international human rights law, a Westchester County Judge and Acting Supreme Court Judge. He was appointed to the United Nations Subcommission on the Prevention of Discrimination and the Protection of Minorities, where he served for nearly 25 years.

Carey is well known for being a strong coalition builder, and for his acquisition of Rye Golf Club and a public beach next to Playland Amusement Park. The Westchester County Board of Legislators unanimously passed legislation for the naming of “John Carey Place.”

Latimer said: “John Carey held a long and distinguished career in public service – a Judge, Mayor, City Councilman and activist for so many important causes, a true public servant in every sense of the word. He was a man of many accomplishments, and he shared his life, his talents and his spirit with everyone he touched. It is fitting that this portion of County property adjacent to Playland be named in his honor, so future generations of residents will remember his lasting contributions to the City he loved so much.” 

The section of the Playland Parkway that is now John Carey Place extends from Rye Beach Avenue, and runs along the beach and pool parking lot north to the intersection at the upper circle of Playland Park in Rye.