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Apr 6, 2016 10:53 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Makes Moves To Keep Good Ground Park Work On Track

Hampton Bays resident Gayle Lombardi said at last week's Town Board work session that she does not believe the town sought enough input from the Hampton Bays community on the Good Ground Park project. ALYSSA MELILLO
Apr 6, 2016 12:33 PM

The Southampton Town Board approved two resolutions at a special meeting last week that should keep the ongoing construction of Good Ground Park in Hampton Bays on track.

The Town Board amended its 2016-20 capital program budget pertaining to the estimated $4 million project, a move that involved transferring some general funds into the Good Ground Park fund that will then be reimbursed later this year, according to Town Deputy Supervisor Frank Zappone. He said State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. had secured about $1 million in grants specifically for the project that should be dispersed by the end of the summer.

The town also approved a resolution to extend its contract with G&M Earth Moving Inc., a Holbrook-based contractor. Mr. Zappone explained that crews had to clear more debris than expected from the park property, which lies just north and west of the intersection of Montauk Highway and Squiretown Road, altering the work schedule.

“As you go through construction projects for things like this, things come up that you don’t anticipate,” Mr. Zappone said.

Before approving the resolutions, the Town Board heard from Squiretown Road resident Gayle Lombardi, who said she did not believe the town sought enough community input before breaking ground on the project. “It may be a wonderful thing—I may not know that,” she said. “I will give my soul to Hampton Bays—but if it’s only because four people wanted it, maybe not so much.”

Stating their shared surprise that Ms. Lombardi was unaware of the town’s decade-long plan to create Good Ground Park, board members said they would do more to share details of their plan with other hamlet residents. That plan calls for a recreational facility anchored by an amphitheater and set on 36 acres that will also feature retail shops and walking trails. The park is not expected to be opened until the summer of 2017.

“We as representatives of the community, we try to listen to everybody as best we can. People have to get involved so they can help shape our opinions—my door is always open,” Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said. “All of us want to hear from the public as much as possible to make the best decision we can.”

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Wow - Great Picture - I really should have combed my hair before I ran to Town Hall for a 12 Noon special meeting on Thursday that was only in the Press that day. One of my neighbors on Squiretown Road is adversely effected by the Park (not just the constructing) and the mike was ripped out of her hand at the Civic Association Meeting on Monday when she tried to get information. I wonder how many residents know what is going on at the park and how much money is being spent. Frank Zappone was not ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on Apr 6, 16 1:27 PM
This park will be a social nightmare unless there are park police and more park personnel to maintain it. Whatever happened to the "open space" we were promised when the land was purchased by the town?

Taxes go up yet again.
By sgt202 (75), Hampton Bays on Apr 6, 16 4:13 PM
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Don't complain. You will have soccer fields, another "Latin Store", taquerias, etc. Embrace the diversity of Hampton Bays. We left when we saw the writing on the wall. Hasta la vista baby!
By Babyboo (293), Hampton Bays on Apr 7, 16 7:21 AM
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Good riddance pal.
By tenn tom (259), remsenburg on Apr 7, 16 7:50 AM
Wow, that sounds like someone who is trapped and unhappy. Sorry you are so bitter.
By Babyboo (293), Hampton Bays on Apr 8, 16 7:03 AM
Babyboo, I love HB - sorry you don't. I was "complaining" about 100 parking spaces that are accessed from Squiretown Road between two homeowners houses and across from one other homeowner. The traffic is heavy on the road as is There were way more trees coming down than I expected. You can hear the highway now. I supported the Park - I didn't realize they were going forward with the entire Master Plan without additional input. Don't turn it into something it is not.

By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on Apr 7, 16 8:16 AM
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So you should stop complaining then and just enjoy it.
By Babyboo (293), Hampton Bays on Apr 8, 16 7:02 AM
again its no use going to the public meetings ,you first have to announce how long you have lived or what generation you are here then the town planner will give a look if you question him as demonstrated in this picture,,,bosting on how long you have lived her baffels me when you look around and see the mess that has been made of developmen in this most beautiful of all the Hamptons and the giving away the east side of our canal what a disgrace but then I only live here 40 years what di know.
By watchdog1 (543), Southampton on Apr 7, 16 12:18 PM
Plan is .uch bigger than expecred. Why so enormous?
By joan s (53), hampton bays on Apr 7, 16 2:40 PM