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Jan 20, 2017 2:20 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Alters Plans For Waterfront Park In Riverside

Location of the future walking trial in Riverside. JEN NEWMAN
Jan 24, 2017 1:25 PM

Southampton Town officials said they are still pushing to create a walking path to the Peconic River in Riverside, though they now envision more of a park setting that features benches, a picnic area and launch ramp for kayaks and canoes.

The first hurdle, however, remains securing Suffolk County approval for the additional amenities as the county owns the 14 acres of waterfront land that sits off Flanders Road, next to the McDonald’s.

Frank Zappone, the town’s deputy supervisor, said this week that the county could sign off on the town’s plans as early as next month, giving a contractor hired by the town ample time to clear the property of trees, invasive plants and garbage. If that can be completed in short order, he thinks the 10-foot-wide walking path could be finished and opened to the public by this summer.

“We’re prepared to pull the trigger pretty quickly if we can get this document signed, sealed and delivered with the county soon,” Mr. Zappone said.

Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming, whose district includes Riverside, said a draft agreement was exchanged earlier this month and she also anticipates it being finalized soon. She also explained that specific details, such as what amenities should be included in the park, are still being discussed.

“I believe we should be able to find a way to build the community’s desires for the trail into the agreement,” Ms. Fleming said. “We want to work with the community—it’s a beautiful idea and it’s definitely a great resource.”

To include all of the features being suggested, Mr. Zappone estimated that it would cost the town between $750,000 and $1 million. He explained that town officials intend to fund the bulk of the work through a state grant that they cannot apply for until after the park plans are drafted.

In addition to that, the town intends to use a $15,000 Suffolk County grant earmarked for Riverside revitalization efforts, as well as a $20,000 Community Development Block grant that the town previously secured. The Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association also recently submitted its own separate application to the State Department of Environmental Conservation that seeks a $50,000 grant, Mr. Zappone said. That money, if secured, would also go toward the park’s construction, he added.

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Just another public nuscence.
By sgt202 (75), Hampton Bays on Jan 22, 17 10:04 AM
Aren't these wetlands? What about all the strict applications of wetlands laws to the citizens of SH Town? Cutting down trees and clearing along a waterfront for a 10 foot wide walking path, picnic area and launch ramp into the water for kayaks and canoes? Another do as I say, not as I do? Just ask anyone in the Town who lives on or near the water.
By Taz (695), East Quogue on Jan 22, 17 10:20 AM
No bulkheads, natural. Leave it with natural vegetation, just clean it up. No paving... Natural trails...
By knitter (1890), Southampton on Jan 22, 17 11:54 AM
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A launch ramp for kayaks and canoes? Duplication of services, just 200 feet west is the launch site. Oh that's right the Town has no clue as to what is, or what's going on in Riverside. This is just a crumb thrown to the residents of Riverside after the Millions of $$$ spent in Hampton Bays Good Ground Park. Nice job Zappone,, please retire ASAP.
By The Crow's Nest (65), Red Creek on Jan 22, 17 3:25 PM
The B.S. that comes out of the Assistant Supervisor's office about town projects is disgraceful. The design, execution and management of the Good Ground Park is financial disaster and a social accident waiting to happen. I have to assume that Mr. Zappone has the blessing of the Supervisor - they both have to go ASAP.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Jan 22, 17 4:39 PM
How about a sewer system, and a plan for development? Nope a bridge to no where, and a park to shoot heroin. Idiots
By chief1 (2783), southampton on Jan 22, 17 9:44 PM
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