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Aug 7, 2017 1:47 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Good Ground Park Hosts First Bench Dedication Ceremony

Annie McMannus on the bench in Good Ground Park dedicated to her late husband, Mickey. JEN NEWMAN
Aug 7, 2017 1:47 PM

A sleek wooden bench with forest-green arm rests, and situated near the brand new amphitheater inside Good Ground Park, is now a memorial for a longtime Hampton Bays resident who died last year.

Mickey McManus was remembered at a special bench dedication ceremony at the Hampton Bays park on Friday afternoon, which was also marked the one-year anniversary of his passing on August 4, 2016, by his longtime wife, Annie, and nearly 40 friends and family members.

“It was my friends that decided that in lieu of flowers, I would have a bench so I would have somewhere to go and think about him,” Ms. McManus said of her husband of 34 years at last week’s ceremony, during which the town unveiled a new bronze plaque featuring his name. “It’s a beautiful way to remember him and it’s nice to know people will come.”

Mr. McManus, who lived most of his life in New York City and was a part-time Hampton Bays resident since 1982, was a retired sales associate with The Coca-Cola Company. He died of complications from diabetes at age 66, according to his spouse.

Ms. McManus said the bench is the perfect way to remember her late husband, noting his love of both music and the outdoors.

“He’s got his music,” she said while lovingly looking at the bench, which was covered with a bouquet of red roses and a CD featuring a photograph of her late husband on the cover. Made by his longtime friend Katie Slivka, the CD features various tracks that Mr. McManus enjoyed listening to, such as his and Ms. McManus’s wedding song, “All The Way” by Frank Sinatra, and “Love You From The Sky” by Sag Harbor-based musician Nancy Atlas.

Last week’s plaque installation is the first under Southampton Town’s new Good Ground Park dedication program, which allows members of the community to dedicate benches, bricks, lamps, bushes and even trees in honor of loved ones at the park that opened in June. Deputy Town Supervisor Frank Zappone said the program is a way to get the community invested in their hometown park.

“Community spaces are enhanced by people who have memories,” Mr. Zappone said.

As of late last week, the town had received a dozen dedication applications, which start at $150 for a brick and go up to $800 for a park bench, according to Mr. Zappone. More information about the program can be obtained by visiting the website southamptontownny.gov/952/Good-Ground-Park.

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what a joke that park-empty all the time,millions wasted for nothing,some concerts was scheduled and then cancelled for the weather in the meantime nothing! better open those clubs Neptune and the other on the beach,let CPI owners to do whatever only sores to eyes in HB and what is built is built for nothing!
By dany (21), Water Mill on Aug 8, 17 4:56 PM
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