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Jan 31, 2018 9:51 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Local Group Will Pitch $25 Million Aquatic Center For Red Creek Park In Hampton Bays

An indoor aquatic center with three indoor swimming pools is being proposed for Red Creek Park in Hampton Bays. AMANDA BERNOCCO
Jan 31, 2018 12:44 PM

An ambitious $25 million plan for an aquatic center in Hampton Bays, with three indoor swimming pools, will be pitched to the Southampton Town Board this week.

Dr. Josephine DeVincenzi, vice president of the organization Southampton Town Aquatics and Recreation Inc., will be asking the Town Board at the work session on Thursday, February 1, to reserve space at Red Creek Park in Hampton Bays for the center.

“We’re genuinely excited,” said Ms. DeVincenzi, a Sag Harbor resident who is the retired assistant superintendent of the Southampton School District.

She explained that, if approved, the center would house the only public pools in Southampton Town. The closest pools are located at the Suffolk County Community College Eastern Campus in Northampton and the East Hampton YMCA in East Hampton.

Ms. DeVincenzi noted that she hopes to secure space in Red Creek Park in Hampton Bays for the center, explaining that the hamlet is a central point in town and the park is easily accessible from Sunrise Highway.

She said her group hopes to employ a similar business model to Southampton Youth Services in North Sea—an affordable recreation center for people of all ages. The proposed aquatic center would have three pools and be open to all people and skill levels.

“We’re not looking just to appeal to competitive athletes,” Ms. DeVincenzi said.

In addition to an Olympic-sized swimming pool for athletes to train, there would also be a small pool for children to play in, and a warm water pool for aqua therapy, and for people to use for exercise and for taking swimming lessons.

Southampton Town Aquatics and Recreation Inc. is a nonprofit that was started in 1997 by Jean Hazelton, a Southampton attorney, with the goal of creating an aquatic center somewhere in the town.

Ms. DeVincenzi noted that her group is looking only to secure land from the town—about 2 acres of Red Creek Park—and is not looking for any money. The group will raise the money to create the center, which it projects will cost $25 million, between building the center and operational costs, she said.

As of this week, $500,000 has been raised, she added.

The group has hired Counsilman-Hunsaker, an organization that helps design and develop aquatic centers, to help push the project forward.

Councilwoman Julie Lofstad, who lives in Hampton Bays, said the aquatic center sounds like an excellent addition to the hamlet, noting that it would be a good place for families and teenagers. The center also would be a place for people to enjoy the water in the winter months when it’s too cold for the beach.

“I’m very excited,” Ms. Lofstad said. “I hope it moves forward.”

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By Toma Noku (592), Southampton on Jan 31, 18 10:19 AM
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Sure, more congestion for hampton bays, little by little it will become the second Riverhead. And no matter what they say, taxes will go up and just wait for the lawsuits.
By Resident tax (110), Hampton bays ny on Jan 31, 18 10:21 AM
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WOW.

What a F****stick
By Draggerman (740), Southampton on Jan 31, 18 10:36 PM
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By Resident tax (110), Hampton bays ny on Feb 1, 18 12:36 PM
That's the can-do spirit! Nice.
By harbor (306), East Hampton on Jan 31, 18 10:24 AM
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What happened to the SHARC indea that raised funds for an aquatic center in Westhampton?
By tyspapa (8), Westhampton Beach on Jan 31, 18 10:25 AM
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About time Southampton got a pool. We live on a island, surrounded by water and probably half of our residents can not swim.
The schools should get on board and make swimming a part of their physical education program. The schools pay for libraries and parrish art museum, time to back the pool...
By knitter (991), Southampton on Jan 31, 18 10:39 AM
WE NEED A POOL for exercise in cold months!!! What a boon to the local economy, I will be the first one to show up!
By Taz (346), East Quogue on Jan 31, 18 10:44 AM
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Dilly Dilly! This would be awesome.
By Brandon Quinn (129), Hampton Bays on Jan 31, 18 10:47 AM
This could be the most important development to happen on the East End - ever.
A recreational center devoted entirely to Aquatics will provide the entire east end with aquatic experiences from competitive swimming to a year 'round water park and a full blown therapeutic/rehabilitation pool. It is completely synergistic to the activities already in place at Red Creek Park and will boost the vitality of this already important Town resource. The facility will provide a competition pool with ...more
By Steelbone (1), Southampton on Jan 31, 18 10:54 AM
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Interesting that this your first post on this site. I suspect that you have a vested interest in this project. As I posted below, if this is completed with private monies and run with private monies, then go ahead, but we in Hampton Bays have seen the Town start and not finish projects and let the property they own turn to disrepair. Please don't try to sell this project as the greatest thing since sliced bread especially if you have a vested interest when this proposal was rejected by a referendum ...more
By HB Proud (835), Hampton Bays on Jan 31, 18 12:13 PM
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No thanks. How about finish cleaning up the rest of this hamlet before starting a new mess.
By T818 (10), Hampton Bays on Jan 31, 18 11:05 AM
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YES, YES, YES!!!
By Infoseeker (251), Hampton Bays on Jan 31, 18 11:13 AM
Put it at good ground park No need to cut down more trees and that park just sits in the winter.
By suppose 2 do (66), Hampton Bays on Jan 31, 18 11:22 AM
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This project better be privately funded and maintained with private monies. I do not trust the Town to do anything right . I would not support one dollar of tax payer monies being used for this.
By HB Proud (835), Hampton Bays on Jan 31, 18 11:57 AM
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That would be great, we really need indoor pool for the winter.
However, the Town has already paid for the Gary McNamara Swimming Pool. From the website: "SYS and Southampton Town have joined forces to make this vision a reality. Our mission is to provide all of the residents and visitors to our town with a world-class athletic facility featuring world-class equipment and world-class services. Our goal is to be the best sports and recreation facility in the Unitedas ates."
By dfree (397), hampton bays on Jan 31, 18 12:34 PM
That would be great, we really need indoor pool for the winter.
However, the Totn has already paid for the Gary McNamara Swimming Pool. From the website: "SYS and Southampton Town have joined forces to make this vision a reality. Our mission is to provide all of the residents and visitors to our town with a world-class athletic facility featuring world-class equipment and world-class services. Our goal is to be the best sports and recreation facility in the United States."
By dfree (397), hampton bays on Jan 31, 18 12:34 PM
That's a small outdoor pool at SYS. Southampton needs a large indoor pool!
By llamaben (4), Southampton on Jan 31, 18 2:01 PM
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By SlimeAlive (733), Southampton on Jan 31, 18 12:59 PM
Put it in Sag Harbor or Southampton village or Quogue or westhampton.
I'm sure those residents don't want it in their back yard but there is plenty of room.
By Resident tax (110), Hampton bays ny on Jan 31, 18 3:18 PM
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Perhaps if the TB in its infinite wisdom had not killed the PDD legislation the construction of this pool or a portion of its construction costs could have been an ideal “community benefit” paid for by private developers. Although located in HB it could have easily been justified as a universal benefit to the entire Town.
By Lion (262), southampton on Jan 31, 18 3:33 PM
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... it appears the project will be funded by private money, so what's your point? If funded in this manner no money needs to come from the town, nor would any developer, no matter how deep their pockets, come up with anywhere near the $25 million supposedly needed.
By William Rodney (472), southampton on Feb 1, 18 9:25 AM
Great Idea, suppose 2 do,

Put this pool in Good Ground Park, WITH BATHROOMS.

Everyone will be thrilled, and people can really enjoy the park throughout the year.
By HamptonClassic (48), Southampton on Jan 31, 18 5:59 PM
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"Everyone" - who is "everyone" and you spoke with them???? LOL - Please speak for yourself.
By HB Proud (835), Hampton Bays on Jan 31, 18 7:24 PM
Well, I quite enjoyed the funny.
By Mr. Z (9830), North Sea on Jan 31, 18 7:44 PM
Martha Rogers pushed for this years ago when she was on the Town Board and I have often regretted it did not succeed. I think it will be a fine addition to HB and make it an even more desirable place to be!!!

By baywoman (157), southampton on Jan 31, 18 7:32 PM
Would be nice to see the same thing at SYS. Perhaps we could do both somehow. Southampton could have a "home" pool for a swim team, and vice versa.
By Mr. Z (9830), North Sea on Jan 31, 18 7:48 PM
perfect way to invite more of riverhead into hampton bays,

so lets review the stupidity resort golf coarse, no but this is a yes ??? horrible horrible horrible ... put the pool in sagaponack!
By Erin 27 E (971), hampton bays on Jan 31, 18 8:16 PM
Uh, just FYI here, there's a YMCA in East Hampton. Which, confidentially, has at least one swimming pool.
By Mr. Z (9830), North Sea on Jan 31, 18 8:47 PM
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Tyspapa that’s what I was going to say
The Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce gave a donation of $10,000 towards SHARC at that time
The money was returned back to the GWCOC
Unfortunately the property in WH was never developed , The Idea was great and nothing ever happened , the property is still there look back in the newspapers archives and you can read all about it
Let’s wait and see















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By Shock (37), on Jan 31, 18 8:38 PM
I'm excited!! As a Hampton Bays resident, the traffic heading east makes the SYS too far away to use. It would be great to have a year-round place to swim close by.
By organizedmama (4), Hampton Bays on Jan 31, 18 9:53 PM
put in a pool
By Erin 27 E (971), hampton bays on Jan 31, 18 11:03 PM
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A pool would be a destination for many, including those outside Hampton Bays. If mom is dropping her NCAA-bound swimmer at the pool for lessons and training and has two hours to kill, I hope that the Main Street Business District has enough to keep her occupied. A development project like this has my support if it has someone solely dedicated to marketing and redeveloping the downtown business district. While the swimmer swims, let mom spend some time and money in locally owned HB businesses. ...more
By hblc (28), Hampton Bays on Jan 31, 18 10:34 PM
Workforce swimming.
By Babyboo (220), Hampton Bays on Feb 1, 18 6:43 AM
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The Town Board work session on this is today - those that want to be informed should watch the video. IMO, we should be informed residents and not judge a project before we have all the details - or at least as many details that are available today. If the Town wants to see if there is real interest, they can easily do a on-line survey.
By G.A.Lombardi (122), Hampton Bays on Feb 1, 18 7:34 AM
This is the best idea I have heard in a while: 1) Currently many parents are driving their children to Riverhead for swim lessons, so there is a lot of demand 2) Life Guards can be trained and perhaps HBHS can have a swim team 3)Swimming is great exercise for senior citizens. 4) Will improve the park and HB.
By Bayman (7), Hampton Bays on Feb 1, 18 11:28 AM
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We have tried for years to have one built on the SYS property. They have a very large field which is used for soccer. There is more than ample room - and the property is already set up with parking and the necessary infrastructure as far as plumbing, electric and septic. A wealthy donor who wished to remain anonymous even offered to pay three million dollars towards the construction, which would have totaled at least the lions share of the project cost.

The swimming pool facility was designed ...more
By Harbor Master (86), Sag Harbor on Feb 1, 18 1:04 PM
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If only SYS had a pool. They have enough land and alot of residents woul dlove to use in the cold months.
By North Sea Citizen (460), North Sea on Feb 1, 18 2:01 PM
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The pool should be built at SYS. It is already a "facility destination" and will serve as an "athletic center" for the communilty. This is essential for families. The pool at the Y in East Hampton is garbage and anyone other than a retiree swimming a few laps once in a while can confirm this. That pool is NOT at "athletic center" levels to accommodate competition. Plus, the Y is bursting at the seems from a workout facility perspective. I'm sure that they would love to be relieved of the burden. ...more
By TimNichols (6), on Feb 7, 18 10:14 AM
Where is the SYS location? We west of the canal need an indoor pool with no need to travel east of canal, already too much traffic.
By Taz (346), East Quogue on Feb 7, 18 10:57 AM