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Dec 12, 2014 3:25 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

In Hampton Bays, Good Ground Park Vision Plan Gets $943,000 From The State

Dec 17, 2014 11:45 AM

Southampton Town has been awarded $943,000 in grant funding by New York State to help design and create its vision for Good Ground Park in Hampton Bays.

With the money expected to be in hand by early in the new year, the town hopes to begin preparation of the 36-acre park property early next spring, with substantial construction of the park’s features under way by summertime. The park is expected to be open to the public for the summer of 2016.

The park and its centerpiece amphitheater, surrounded by playgrounds, hiking trails and picnic areas, has been envisioned by its planners as a key component in revitalizing the Hampton Bays downtown business district. The designs, drafted by MKW Landscape Architecture of New Jersey, call for the park to be connected to Main Street by a pair of greenbelts and for Main Street buildings to be redeveloped with secondary storefronts facing onto the park itself. A new “boulevard” would lead from Squiretown Road into the southernmost end of the park, with approximately 150 parking spaces scattered along it, between the park and the north-facing storefronts.

Scattered throughout the park would be two playgrounds for children of different ages, an adult fitness area, terraced seating, public bathrooms, and hiking and biking trails that loop through the northern reaches of the wooded property.

The grant money came through the Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Empire State Development Office, which supports projects that will boost economic opportunities and expansion.

Town officials have previously said the full realization of the park’s design will likely be a multi-phase effort, with additional grants expected to be sought next year to help with further funding.

Preliminary estimates of the designs have put initial construction costs for all the envisioned features of the park at nearly $4 million, not including annual maintenance costs, which have not been forecast yet.

The property that will comprise the park runs from Montauk Highway north to Sunrise Highway and along Squiretown Road. It was purchased by the town for $3.5 million in 2003 from the Rosko family using money from the Community Preservation Fund.

The town just last week authorized taking out a $1.9 million bond for the first phase of construction of the park. The grant money will be used to pay down the bond as soon as it is received from the state.

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what a excellent thing for the best hampton of the hamptons!
By baymen728 (3), hampton bays on Dec 12, 14 7:51 PM
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By Toto (25), southampton on Dec 13, 14 7:44 PM
Could use that money to fix our parks throughout the town all in disrepair
By currensea (1), Hampton Bays on Dec 14, 14 7:30 PM
Fix Dune Road already with that money! Parks are one thing, but the beaches are in a serious need of attention.
By whatapity (106), Tuckahoe on Dec 15, 14 9:19 AM