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Oct 4, 2016 10:14 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Good Ground Park Set To Open For Community Day On October 15

Construction workers and landscapers get Good Ground Park ready for opening day on October 14. AMANDA BERNOCCO
Oct 4, 2016 2:54 PM

Construction workers and landscapers are putting the finishing touches on Good Ground Park in Hampton Bays in preparation for its grand opening on Saturday, October 15.

All that’s left to do before next weekend’s big unveiling, explained Deputy Supervisor Frank Zappone, is to let the grass finish growing and install benches, picnic tables and light poles.

“It’s a little surreal, I have to admit,” Mr. Zappone said this week. “The community has been at it for 10 years, and my personal impression is that it is a pretty spectacular park—and I don’t think there is anything that rivals it in this area.”

The new $4 million park sits on 36 acres of land just north of West Montauk Highway—Main Street in the hamlet of Hampton Bays—with its entrance on Squiretown Road. In addition to the amphitheater, the park, once completed, also will boast an assortment of shops, two lanes of traffic with approximately 100 diagonal parking spots, benches, a water fountain and sidewalks.

Plans for the park date back more than a decade. In 2003, Southampton Town purchased the land using $3.5 million from its Community Preservation Fund revenues. Since that time, officials have earmarked another $4 million, a combination of state and town funding, to actually construct the facility. The town set aside $1.9 million in capital funding for the project on top of $943,000 in grants it secured from the State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, as well as the Empire State Development office. The final $1 million needed to put the plans in motion was secured by State Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. and Senator Kenneth LaValle.

Mr. Zappone said he is especially excited to see his first concert in the new amphitheater, which will be able to accommodate as many as 800 people at once. On the southernmost portion of the park, the finished amphitheater boasts both stone and informal hillside seating that circles around an elevated stage. Flowers and trees surround the amphitheater—including a colorful holly tree that Christine Fetten, the town director of municipal works, said is her favorite.

Among the first groups to perform on the new stage will be A&G Dance; Charles Certain, a jazz band; Kevin Kearny Band, a blues band; the vocal performer Darren Ottai; and the Jan Hanna Band. David Funn will also be at the park to do magic and balloon tricks, and the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will bring animals for a small petting zoo. There will be food vendors, and for children there will be apple and pumpkin crafts as well as face painting.

Wells Fargo Stage Coach had planned to provide carriage rides, but town officials said Tuesday that concerns about the horses’ footing led them to cancel those plans.

A resolution on a recent Southampton Town Board agenda said opening day will be a “something for everyone experience.”

“We will be able to have a very positive introduction on the 15th,” Mr. Zappone said. “I think they will be impressed at what it is and what its potential will be.”

“It’s become such a beautiful place,” Ms. Fetten said. “We’re excited to see it grow with the next phases.”

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This is going to be such a wonderful addition to the town. Can't wait!

How about adding a dog park area? Just an idea....
By Uncle Fester (61), Southampton on Oct 4, 16 1:54 PM
I don't know about that.
By sgt202 (75), Hampton Bays on Oct 4, 16 6:25 PM
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Agreed sgt202. The residents of HB need to be on this to make sure it doesn't turn into a social nightmare. We can't let this turn into a photo and the residents be left with a mess. The Town can't take care of the property they have now. They built an amphitheater in the round but stated that they don't know what entertainment works in that (well...maybe you should have figured that out before you built the amphitheater in the round?). They ran out of $$$ for the comfort stations. I don't ...more
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Oct 5, 16 7:38 AM
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A Hampton Bays dog park at Good Groud Park or Red Creek Park would be so nice. I live in HB and travel to Southampton to the Dog Park on Windmill Lane.
By Toto (25), southampton on Oct 6, 16 8:55 PM