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Jan 26, 2018 2:20 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Officials Discuss Upgrades To Maritime Park At Canal In Hampton Bays

Deputy Supervisor Frank Zappone during Thursday's work session. AMANDA BERNOCCO
Jan 30, 2018 3:18 PM

Southampton Town officials have a plan to turn a grassy area along the Shinnecock Canal, known as Maritime Park, into an actual park where families and fishermen can gather on hot summer afternoons.

The park is a 3-acre swath of land in Hampton Bays shared with the town’s Parks and Recreation Department headquarters on Newtown Road. It borders the Shinnecock Canal and the Canoe Place Inn property.

In the works is a park with a “rustic maritime” feel, with picnic tables and a pavilion intended to be inviting for families.

Cousins Gregg and Mitchell Rechler are funding the park upgrades as a required community benefit that was promised as part of the Canoe Place Inn planned development district, or PDD, that was approved in January 2015. In the law creating the PDD for the Canoe Place Inn, the Rechlers agreed to pay $300,000 toward park upgrades, plus the design services and conceptual drawings for the park.

Araiys Design, a Southampton landscape design company, was hired to complete the design work. Tim Rumph, a company representative, met with Town Board members at a work session on Thursday, January 25, to present his design plans. Town Planning and Development Administrator Kyle Collins and Parks Director Kristen Doulos also sat in on the conversation.

According to the conceptual site plans, the park would have event space, a great lawn, picnic tables, bathrooms, space for a food truck, and 80 parking slots.

Mr. Rumph said he also envisions the park with landscaping featuring trees and shrubs, and solar lighting.

The group all appeared to be in agreement that the park should have a rustic feel, perhaps using concrete curbing or brickwork instead of cobblestone.

“To me, this park is a little rough around the edges. I don’t think we should make it too fancy,” said Supervisor Jay Schniederman.

Before making final selections on the park materials, the town plans to issue a survey to solicit community feedback—similar to the ones completed for Good Ground Park and the Ponquogue Pavilion, also in Hampton Bays.

Mr. Schneiderman said during the work session that he envisions the park as a place where families could gather on summer afternoons. He noted that it would be a good spot for maritime-themed festivals or a farmers market.

Councilwoman Christine Scalera spoke in favor of the park, though she stressed that more safety measures should be included in the design to keep children from falling into the canal, which has fast and dangerous currents.

Councilman John Bouvier agreed, but said, “I think you can accomplish both,” referring to bringing families to the park and making it safe.

“I think so, too,” Ms. Scalera added. “And I think it could be aesthetically pleasing.”

Next, the town plans to prepare a community survey to see what materials residents would like to see used in the park so the Town Board can move forward with a final design.

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Good idea... Make it clean and accessible. Use for open air market etc. Leave it open with native grasses.
Teach the parents not to loose their kids and don't jump in the canal. Ms C and John, put up 14' fence around it. You can't prevent stupid people.
Makr it simple, pleasing and free parking...
By knitter (1202), Southampton on Jan 26, 18 5:52 PM
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Are you f**king kidding me?

Do these Hampton Road idiots ever listen to themselves?
By Draggerman (773), Southampton on Jan 26, 18 9:22 PM
This park is not a new concept - it has been on the drawing board for years. I believe the Town applied and received a Community Block grant for this a couple of years ago. I applaud any infrastructure improvement in Hampton Bays and encourage the Town to move forward timely and safely since this is an eyesore. However, when are they going to finish GGP? Where are the permanent bathrooms and main entrance? Is there enough money in the budget to sponsor enough events in GGP to actually bring ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (176), Hampton Bays on Jan 27, 18 6:32 AM
God forbid anything in Hampton Bays be too fancy. Don’t want the sleeping bags to look out of place.
By SlimeAlive (812), Southampton on Jan 27, 18 7:52 AM
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This is a great idea. Families will be able to pack a picnic lunch and head down there to enjoy the view of the boats going through the canal and the ugly condo overdevelopment on the other side. Thanks ATH and friends.
By bird (687), Sag Harbor on Jan 27, 18 10:20 AM
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Biird, you forgot to mention that park users will be looking at the boats through a chain link fence
By Draggerman (773), Southampton on Jan 27, 18 10:43 AM
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Who is the Dood in the picture?obviously not having a good day.
By watchdog1 (462), Southampton on Jan 27, 18 7:28 PM
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That’s Frank Zapone. He’s the Deputy supervisor. He’s probably wondering why any of this is happening. Another park. And, yet, they haven’t finished the last park. 300k would buy some bathrooms at GGP

By Draggerman (773), Southampton on Jan 28, 18 4:24 PM
That is the look of some one that can't keep his stories straight.
By HB Proud (858), Hampton Bays on Jan 29, 18 7:20 AM
Used to go fishing with my dad every summer down at the canal. We stared at a restaurant and the back of buildings that were not too aesthetically pleasing. Hopefully this provides some families a place to bring their kids and run around and enjoy the canal views.
By BaymenNYC (59), Manhattan on Jan 27, 18 8:32 PM
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Disgusting this crooked government in Southampton basically held the Recklers hostage for 300K. There is millions in the Park's fee funds. None of this is legal
By chief1 (2433), southampton on Jan 28, 18 2:41 PM
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Hostage?? Yes make them give us 300K to spend on a park that's only going to benefit the CPI and condos they're building! Oh please, they were laughing all the way to the bank.
By eagleeye (46), Sag Harbor on Jan 29, 18 9:23 AM
This Park was not the brain child of the Rechlers nor was it supposed to benefit the CPI and Townhouses. This was pitched at a work session years ago to benefit the economical disadvantaged families in Hampton Bays. The Tow grant proposal for the Community Block grant monies was on the Town website - it may still be there. I am still wondering where is the main pedestrian entrance to Good Ground Park from Main Street (thee was a work session about that a few months ago) and the permanent bathrooms?
By G.A.Lombardi (176), Hampton Bays on Jan 29, 18 11:17 AM
Actually this Maritime Park has been around much longer than the time frame you are discussing and it was never going to be a 'park'. It was going to be an area that would provide a look into our nautical history. There were plans for a demonstration of how our lock system works. There would be information on the canal and how it works and the bays that surround it. That was the original purpose put forth by a group headed by Roger Tollefsen. What they are discussing now sounds like yet another ...more
By bb (774), Hampton Bays on Jan 30, 18 9:40 AM
I a aware of the original concept that is why I was so surprised to hear the original work session especially when they were still in progress for GGP....and still are. Maybe for I die, something will get finished - hope springs eternal.
By G.A.Lombardi (176), Hampton Bays on Jan 31, 18 7:09 AM
I'd like to see something with a bit more vision here.

Finished? They are supposed to finish projects? That means they need to maintain stuff. What a concept.
By bb (774), Hampton Bays on Feb 1, 18 9:44 AM
Yes - does seem to be that way with the Town Administration. It is the 80/20 rule. They can finish 80% of the project in 20% of the time and then when the going gets tough, they seem to start a new project and have another press release.
By G.A.Lombardi (176), Hampton Bays on Feb 2, 18 8:07 AM
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Can't afford the new septic system. OH, town's exempt...
By knitter (1202), Southampton on Jan 29, 18 7:22 PM
After 40 years of payment, I'd rather have a giant property tax refund than all the crap that this Town Board is building for out-of-towners and non property owners.
By pw herman (928), southampton on Feb 2, 18 9:01 AM
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