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Jun 6, 2017 12:22 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Good Ground Park In Hampton Bays Opens Saturday Morning

The ampitheater in Good Ground Park will be filled with music performances this Saturday. JEN NEWMAN
Jun 6, 2017 2:47 PM

The sound of music playing and children laughing will be heard throughout Good Ground Park when it finally officially opens to the public this Saturday after more than a decade in the making.

Opening day festivities for the $4 million park will kick off at 10 a.m. with the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by members of the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center’s Teen Repertory Company. It will take place at the 36-acre park’s signature amenity: an amphitheater that can accommodate up to 800 people. Group members will then continue to entertain visitors by singing an assortment of Broadway show tunes.

Following them on the stage at 11 a.m. will be Darlene Graham, a children’s musician. In addition to testing out the park’s playground equipment, children will be treated to complimentary face painting from noon until 2 p.m.

Singer Darren Ottati, a Hampton Bays native who also owns two salons in the hamlet—Gale’s Beauty Salon and Gale’s West—will perform from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

“It’s very exciting,” said Deputy Town Supervisor Frank Zappone as he toured the town’s newest recreational destination late last week. “I’m looking forward to seeing the community get in there on a day-to-day basis.”

The park sits just north of West Montauk Highway and its main entrance is off Squiretown Road. The facility, which opened for a day last fall to offer hamlet residents a sneak peek of the still uncompleted park, features playground equipment, benches, a water fountain and approximately 100 diagonal parking spaces along a main, two-lane entrance. Eventually, the town intends to add other amenities, including public bathrooms, hiking trails, as well as additional playground equipment and water fountains.

The town intends to offer additional concerts this summer, as well as occasional movie nights.

Good Ground Park will be open daily, from dawn to dusk, though the main entrance will be closed to vehicles one hour prior to all scheduled events, according to Mr. Zappone.

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Dog park?
By Toto (25), southampton on Jun 8, 17 8:38 PM
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another waste of taxpayer money, nothing new
By typical (63), southampton on Jun 10, 17 7:14 PM
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Any bushes to hide behind???
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Jun 10, 17 10:33 PM
The Town should be ashamed of themselves for letting this project get so out of control. One and done for Supervisor Schneiderman and hopefully he will take his Deputy Zappone with him..
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Jun 11, 17 9:09 PM
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