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Oct 22, 2014 11:02 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Village Looking To Create Boardwalk Along Lake Agawam

Oct 22, 2014 11:02 AM

Southampton Village officials are looking to create a new boardwalk at Lake Agawam to give residents and visitors more opportunities to enjoy the local waterway.

The boardwalk has been in the works for the past six years, but this week village officials voted to go to bid on the project, which would create the walkway along the north side of the lake, parallel to the monument. The boardwalk would extend from Pond Lane to the parking lot.

This week Superintendent for Public Works Gary Goleski said the boardwalk would be a great way to spruce up the north side of the lake. “We are looking for a nice beautification project so that residents and visitors can have a nice waterfront place to go,” he said.

Mr. Goleski said he first proposed the project to Mayor Mark Epley six years ago as a way to provide cover for a new drainage system for the lake. However, after consulting with engineers, it was decided the location was not suitable for drainage, so instead he proposed moving forward with the boardwalk alone, purely to make the area more attractive.

Mr. Epley said this week that he is in favor of the plan, although he does not have figures for how much it will cost at this time. A few years ago, he said, Southampton Town Trustees cleaned up the south side of the lake, making it a priority for the village to clean the north side. The project, which he hopes will be complete by next summer, would accomplish that goal.

The Village Board unanimously approved moving forward with the bidding process on Tuesday night, saying the boardwalk will be a nice addition to the village business district.

The boardwalk would be 12 feet wide and attached to a recently installed floating dock on Pond Lane that is used as the launching point for the Pyrrhus Concer ferry. Fencing along the border of the lake will be upgraded to prevent rust, and a railing will be installed along the boardwalk to prevent people from falling into the water. The village intends to install lighting along the boardwalk, as well as benches and flowers.

“We have already started cleaning up the area where it was an overgrown mess with knocked-down trees and different things. It was not an attractive area,” Mr. Epley said. “Now we will have a boardwalk that basically completes the park and makes the waterway more accessible.”

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Lights! A boardwalk? What happened to making the park look green and natural? The more the add to Agawam Park, the more it looks like it might turn into Disneyland. Leave nature alone.
The continual assault on the village of ugly lighting (white Christmas lights on trees year round) and tacky decorative touches is insulting to the history of the village. STOP
By localcitizen (110), Southampton on Oct 22, 14 12:13 PM
Some people just are happy unless they are complaining. Whether it's a new boardwalk, guardrails, and entrance to the side of the arts center, a house that's bigger than theirs, a store opening that they are not a fan of, a change to parking, etc.... the list goes on and on.
By SHResident (59), Southampton on Oct 22, 14 4:38 PM
fair complaint on your part
By david h (405), southampton on Oct 27, 14 8:03 AM
Well, there you have it Two sides to the subject (problem?0 Now I'd like to know just which one (or either) is really a local SH resident. In my grandmother's day you couldn't be local unless your roots went back nine generations. My family qualifies with Halsey, Sayre and Foster.. oh hush my mouth the list goes on and on
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Oct 23, 14 9:41 AM
Oh so that explains all the inbreading!!
By J. Totta (106), Sag Harbor on Oct 23, 14 10:11 AM
Uhhhhh...

"inbreeding"

If you're going to insult someone, at least have the decency and respect to do it intelligently.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Oct 23, 14 7:09 PM
NOOOOOOOOO!
By oystercatcher (126), southampton on Oct 23, 14 9:49 AM
How great that this is finally coming to fruition. This beautiful and appropriate design will enhance the enjoyment of the lake for everyone and it surroundings for everyone. With Lake Agawam becoming a more prominent focal point of our village, as was the case for generations before, hopefully more attention will be paid to the importance of getting her blue again.
By KevinLuss (356), SH on Oct 23, 14 1:47 PM
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That boardwalk is gonna be filled with duck and bird droppings....
By No of Hwy (9), Southampton on Oct 23, 14 4:13 PM
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to No of Hwy:

Quote:

"That boardwalk is gonna be filled with duck and bird droppings...."
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We have to get rid of those pests. I'm sure that the NYS DEC has some useful suggestions.
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Oct 23, 14 7:35 PM