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Oct 5, 2016 9:34 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Children's Museum Of The East End May Hold Programs At Ludlum Park In Flanders

Oct 5, 2016 10:24 AM

Flanders civic groups are working on plans to renovate Ludlum Park as part of a pitch for a roughly $250,000 state grant for community projects.

At a Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association meeting on Monday night, officials announced that renovation plans for the park, which is between Old Quogue Road and Ludlum Avenue in Flanders, have sparked the interest of the Bridgehampton-based Children’s Museum of the East End, or CMEE, which hopes to hold programs in a building at the park. FRNCA would like to use a second grant, a community development block grant from Southampton Town, to renovate spaces specifically for CMEE programs if it is awarded later this fall.

Ron Fisher, president of FRNCA, said on Monday night that a collaboration with the museum could mean big things for Flanders and Riverside, adding that it is a positive sign that established programs are prepared to invest in nearby hamlets.

“With this money, we could renovate the existing building at Ludlum or get a portable office so that CMEE can come and operate year-round,” Mr. Fisher said. “That means quality programming for our children, and eyes and ears in the park all day that can eliminate some fears of safety and give people a reason to go to Ludlum.”

The community improvement state grant would come through State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle’s office. It would actually go to Southampton Town, which would be required to use it in a low-income area for a community-centered project.

FRNCA has been talking about redesign plans for the Ludlum Park for months, with members suggesting removing an old tennis court, updating the basketball facilities, adding a soccer field, redoing the bathrooms and installing cameras, among other things.

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