State lawmakers announced this week they have raised $1 million through the New York State State and Municipal Facilities Program to help support the construction of Good Ground Park in Hampton Bays.
Southampton Town purchased the property just north of Montauk Highway in downtown Hampton Bays in 2001 for $3.8 million through the Community Preservation Fund, but since then efforts to move the project forward stalled due to both a lack of consensus over the design of the park and the economic recession that began in 2008.
Southampton has recently hired an architect to design the park with community input, and has allocated $1.9 million in capital project funding for the project.
The town has also received two other grants from New York State, including one for $500,000 through the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and one for $440,000 through the state Office of Economic Development.
The additional $1 million announced last week by State Senator Ken LaValle and State Assemblyman Fred Thiele was received through the state Municipal Facilities Program.
The nearly 40-acre park is expected to provide recreational and educational opportunities and to be a catalyst for new nearby small-scale, main street-style retail development that will mutually benefit the park and the hamlet’s business community.
“Good Ground Park is exactly what the Hampton Bays community needs. I am thrilled to be part of this historic and innovative project,” said Mr. Thiele in a press release issued last week.
“The additional funding secured by Senator LaValle and Assemblyman Thiele will go a long way to making the Hampton Bays community’s dream of a hamlet park a reality,” added Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst. “This new park will serve as both a local and a regional asset. I cannot thank Assemblyman Thiele and Senator LaValle enough for their support. ”