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Apr 12, 2018 8:46 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Douglas Elliman Donates $50,000 For Good Ground Park Playground

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, left, accepts a $50,000 donation for a playground at Good Ground Park from Carl Benincasa, a regional vice president of sales for Douglas Elliman Real Estate. AMANDA BERNOCCO
Apr 17, 2018 5:20 PM

A new playground will soon be installed at Good Ground Park in Hampton Bays thanks to a $50,000 donation from Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

Southampton Town had been stalling on plans for the playground, which will be designed for children ages 5 to 11, due to a lack of funding, according to town officials. But on April 10, Carl Benincasa, a regional vice president of sales for Douglas Elliman Real Estate—and a former town attorney—presented the Town Board with a $50,000 check from his real estate firm for the playground.

“We really appreciate the partnership with Douglas Elliman,” Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said during the meeting, echoing thanks from the other four Town Board members.

He noted that previous efforts to secure grants for the playground fell short.

The town intends to install a sponsorship sign acknowledging the $50,000 donation once the playground is installed; it was not immediately clear when the equipment would be purchased and put up in the park.

“I think it’s really fantastic that they are giving back to the community in this way,” Town Councilman Tommy John Schiavoni said. “I think this grows community and I look forward to more public-private partnerships like this.”

The $4 million park, which is sandwiched between Montauk Highway and Squiretown Road in Hampton Bays, already has a toddler playground that was installed prior to last summer’s grand opening.

The park also features its signature amphitheater as well as benches, a water fountain and approximately 100 diagonal parking spaces along a main, two-lane entrance. Eventually, the town intends to add other amenities, including public bathrooms and hiking trails.

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Thank you community minded real estate firm that represents properties that get re-zoned and also sells properties to the CPF. God looking out for us.

Question: if the parks department has $100,000+ for astroturfimg baseball fields, why can't they finish the bathrooms? It's not great fun for parents to have their toddlers and other kids playing in a park without bathrooms. Just saying.
By dfree (584), hampton bays on Apr 13, 18 7:40 AM
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Ha! I meant "good looking out for us". Not trying to make a religious statement.
By dfree (584), hampton bays on Apr 13, 18 7:41 AM
Thank you Douglas Elliman . The Town raised $3-4+ million in grants from the State and County. Those monies were supposed to cover all of the playgrounds and the comfort stations (at least is what we were told 2 years ago). Now it seems like they are passing around the basket to collect money to fund the park features including the comfort stations. The park construction was rushed through without comfort stations and the main entrance from Main Street. This was supposed to be an economic development ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (301), Hampton Bays on Apr 13, 18 7:58 AM
unfortunately not big deal is happening in that park.hope this year will be something for adults cause last year the few things scheduled was mostly cancelled due to weather.
By dany (28), Water Mill on Apr 13, 18 6:03 PM
Thank You DE, stepping up to the plate for our community... WELL DONE...
By knitter (1537), Southampton on Apr 13, 18 7:49 PM
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A playground? When the park was initially planned there were to be NO playgrounds. This was a different sort of park. One that wouldn't have just fields and playgrounds like the other one in HB. There was discussion of an interactive fountain. Not just a bunch of playground equipment.

The above posters make good points. We can afford astroturf and are discussing an indoor pool but can't afford bathrooms.

Is there a schedule of events for this summer at the park?
By bb (832), Hampton Bays on Apr 14, 18 8:02 AM
bb, there will be a schedule coming out soon from what I understand. In the final plan, there were two playgrounds. From my evaluation and knowledge of economic development, this park was poorly designed and implemented by the Town officials involved. It took on a life of its owns instead of the Town officials keeping their eye on the purpose - to encourage business development. Thee is not enough parking, no entrance on Main Street, but playgrounds are going to attract shoppers. Brilliant.
By G.A.Lombardi (301), Hampton Bays on Apr 14, 18 8:41 AM
"No good deed......."
By Robert I Ross (241), Hampton Bays on Apr 14, 18 8:10 AM
Let me repeat my post, the Town represented they had the money two years ago for the comfort stations and the playgrounds. I find it distasteful that now the Town officials needed to turn to the former assistant town attorney that is now at Douglas Elliman to pay for the playgrounds. The Town has a $99 million budget. There are many worthwhile projects in Hampton Bays that that $50,000 could have been used for.
By G.A.Lombardi (301), Hampton Bays on Apr 14, 18 8:54 AM
The LAST place for a playground or anything child-related is the environmental crime, property value killer, drug addict / drug dealer, and wierdo infested location known as "Good Ground Park". I did a recent fly-by to confirm my fears - the parking lot had several people parked in company vehicles obviously milking their employers' clock and hopefully not doing anything else illegal.. The scent of marijuana - check, odd people just wandering about - check, people wandering appearing to be high ...more
By DisgustedHamptons (47), Hampton Bays on Apr 14, 18 5:18 PM
I want an indoor pool.:-)
By RandiDawson (2), on Apr 15, 18 3:29 PM
Wow G.A,L must be running for some public office three opinions 24 hours.

By watchdog1 (491), Southampton on Apr 15, 18 4:55 PM
Yes Bruce, must be or could it be I am all about the Party of Hampton Bays and don't see it through any other party?
By G.A.Lombardi (301), Hampton Bays on Apr 16, 18 5:51 AM
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