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Sep 5, 2018 9:38 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Officials Seek Input On New Park From Flanders And Riverside Communities

Sep 5, 2018 10:43 AM

The architects of a newly proposed park in Riverside are seeking the community’s help in the initial phase: designing the park.

Conceptual designs for the 14-acre park, with a trail that starts at Flanders Road near the McDonald’s and heads upriver, were presented in March by Southampton Town Director of Planning and Development Kyle Collins.

Southampton-based Araiys Design landscape architects will present community members with possible design features that they can implement at Riverside Maritime Trail Park at the next meeting of the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association, or FRNCA, at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 10, at the Crohan Community Center on Flanders Road in Flanders.

“This is a chance for the community to weigh in and give their ideas and visions to the consultants to help them design what’s appropriate for this area,” Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said in a press release.

Ron Fisher, the president of FRNCA, said on Wednesday that residents have an idea of what they want to see at the park but are going to rely on the architects to implement their ideas.

For example, the community would like to see water access, a space for fitness classes, walking trails and a non-bulkheaded boardwalk that allows a restoration of the wetlands.

After Monday’s meeting, the landscape architects will put together a rough draft of the park design. It then will be presented at the Crohan Community Center on Tuesday, October 16, at 6 p.m., where community members will be given another chance to share thoughts on the designs.

Once all of that information is compiled, another revised plan will be presented to the Town Board during a work session on November 15 at the Crohan Center. During the presentation, community members will get another chance to modify the ideas before the final plan is approved.

Once approved, the project will be put out to bid. Town officials have said they hope to begin work on the project in 2019.

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I'm sure there won't be any vagrants hiding out in the park. You can't even walk on the paths along the river behind the Chase at the circle without being armed.
By Mouthampton (438), Southampton on Sep 5, 18 12:52 PM
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