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Jan 16, 2018 3:09 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Village Wants To Invest $2.5 Million On Park Improvements

Southampton Village officials are seeking nearly $2.5 million to do improvements at Agawam Park and a new park on Moses Lane. GREG WEHNER
Jan 16, 2018 3:09 PM

Southampton Village officials are seeking input from the public before bonding nearly $2.5 million combined on proposed upgrades at Agawam Park and the construction of a new recreational facility on Moses Lane.

At Agawam Park that sits just south of Jobs Lane, village officials are looking to make significant improvements, including replacing the playground’s base and installing new equipment that’s designed to focus on the core muscle groups of children. The proposed equipment is designed and manufactured by the Denmark-based company Kompan.

According to Kompan representative Jeff LaRue, the new playground would be split into three sections and divided into age groups. One area would boast equipment geared toward children between the ages of six months and 4 years old, the second would feature amenities for children ages 2 to 5, and the final would be for older children, between ages 5 and 12. The updated park would have space nets separating each section, with a walkway in between.

The updated playground would feature an “ocean dome,” a nautical-theme area featuring a set of titanium rope nets for children to climb on, a pirate ship and a 120-foot-long zip line that will be situated roughly 3 feet above the ground. The park will also include a 20-foot high crow’s nest and slide that kids would have to climb to access.

“I think this playground’s going to be more robust,” Mr. LaRue said as he addressed Village Board members at their most recent meeting held last Thursday, January 11.

“We really know we can do something over the top,” Village Board member Nancy McGann said.

Steve Funsch, the village administrator, explained that the plan is to keep the old equipment and simply add the new amenities.

He also explained that the bulk of the funding, or just shy of $2 million, would be invested in Agawam Park. According to Mr. Funsch, $1.3 million would go toward purchasing and installing the playground equipment, $420,000 would be earmarked for ground preparation, and $250,000 would be spent on building an accessory building.

The remaining funds, or slightly more than $500,000, would be used to create a park on 11 acres of village-owned land at 248 Moses Lane. That facility, when complete, would boast two tennis courts with a viewing platform, bocce ball courts, a gazebo, public restrooms and walking trails.

The village purchased the land from Beach Plum Meadows LLC for $14 million in 2016 using Community Preservation Fund proceeds.

Gary Goleski, the village’s superintendent of public works, said that work can proceed on the new park now that the land, which was previously home to a landscaping company, has been cleared.

Southampton Village Mayor Michael Irving noted that all of that work was completed by village workers, adding that the proposed $2.5 million in expenditures would cover the costs of buying and installing the new equipment. The installation work, he added, would be completed by an outside company.

“It’s expensive,” Mr. Irving said of the project. “That’s why we’re bringing it to the public.”

The mayor added that the village would like to bond the $2.5 million over five years, adding that it should have little impact on village taxes.

Village Board members are encouraging members of the public to either file their written opinions with the village or attend their next meeting on Tuesday, January 23, starting at 5 p.m. at Village Hall.

“I think it’s a great thing for our community,” Ms. McGann said of the related projects. “It’s a win-win for everyone.”

“I’m excited,” Mr. Irving added.

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$2.5m? Maybe you should get a competing bid.
By SHResident (59), Southampton on Jan 17, 18 7:49 AM
ill do it for $250,000
By thepresssucks (22), watermill on Jan 17, 18 8:21 AM
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Lol, I'm sure the town would get a good laugh out of your bid.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (7952), HAMPTON BAYS on Jan 17, 18 8:28 AM
How about investing in some pothole repairs?! The public lot behind Hampton Rd. is ridiculous. Whoever botched that job should never be used by the Village again.
By Mouthampton (436), Southampton on Jan 17, 18 9:33 AM
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West Propsect St has some serious potholes.....that road could really use repaving as well
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Jan 17, 18 4:25 PM
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What would happen to the current playground structures?
By pvalk6 (32), Southampton on Jan 17, 18 10:13 AM
"Steve Funsch, the village administrator, explained that the plan is to keep the old equipment and simply add the new amenities."

It's in the article.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (7952), HAMPTON BAYS on Jan 17, 18 10:38 AM
What’s wrong with the current playground that it needs a $2.5 million dollar renovation??
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Jan 17, 18 10:32 AM
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For people without kids there's probably nothing wrong with it.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (7952), HAMPTON BAYS on Jan 17, 18 10:37 AM
How about budgeting the money and not getting a bond? A skate park for kids, basketball???
By knitter (1890), Southampton on Jan 17, 18 10:55 AM
This seems like a waste of money and it will destroy the natural beauty of Lake Agawan and Agawan park The "zip line" sounds like a liability and insurance nightmare and the pirate ship will ruin the park.

I think the funds should be allocated to an outdoor/indoor facility in another location which can be used for activities; fun classes, both indoor and outdoors, Perhaps the town can work with a local church to create a playground for young children or add to the local school facilities. ...more
By JohnSmith (25), Johnson City, Tennessee on Jan 17, 18 11:19 PM
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How about doing the right thing and opening the Trustee Roads on Meadow Lane in keeping with he terms of the deed transfer and avoiding a lawsuit with the Town Trustees. Any monies left over could go to the park projects.
By bigfresh (4587), north sea on Jan 17, 18 11:40 PM
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Would be so wonderful to have a proper bathroom facility at the Picnic Area PLEASE. Thank you. The village could purchase a Portable Restroom TRAILER for prob less than $20k for the parking lot rather than constructing one . Epley had promised proper bathrooms when the parking lot was reconfigured.......

This would offer those visiting the opened an cleared Trustees Roads a closer option than having to go all the way to Agawam Park to use the restrooms

By toes in the water (884), southampton on Jan 18, 18 7:21 AM
Would be so wonderful to have a proper bathroom facility at the Picnic Area PLEASE. Thank you. The village could purchase a Portable Restroom TRAILER for prob less than $20k for the parking lot rather than constructing one . Epley had promised proper bathrooms when the parking lot was reconfigured.......

This would offer those visiting the opened an cleared Trustees Roads a closer option than having to go all the way to Agawam Park to use the restrooms

By toes in the water (884), southampton on Jan 18, 18 7:30 AM
Zip line? Think the village board is getting zippy. Who's relative will run it? How about the defunct property on Pond La?
Walking trail along Pond Lane, around Agawam?
By knitter (1890), Southampton on Jan 18, 18 9:50 AM
How about 2 5 mil to clean up the pollution in lake Agawam? Why is that not a priority for the village
By AL (81), southampton on Jan 18, 18 7:47 PM
I 100% agree but the lake is the town trustees problem. The town trustees are in charge of all water body's in the township.
By JM11968 (71), southampton on Jan 19, 18 1:08 AM
Take the two and a half million redo Coopers Beach and make more parking at all the other beaches so people can enjoy the Beauty of the ocean
By chief1 (2782), southampton on Jan 20, 18 5:56 PM
Redo Coopers Beach? For what reason? There’s nothing wrong with Coopers Beach, it’s on the Top 10 list. And good luck finding space to build a parking lot for beach access...great thought though. Even if the Village could find space, do u think that would be welcomed from the neighboring homeowners ?
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Jan 21, 18 8:52 AM
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