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Feb 17, 2009 6:01 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

BMX track plans roll forward in Eastport

Feb 17, 2009 6:01 PM

A former brush dump in Eastport will soon be transformed into an outdoor recreational facility for town residents who enjoy ripping it up on dirt bikes.

Southampton Town is close to entering into a lease agreement with Pine Barrens BMX, a local non-profit group, for the creation of a dirt bike track on 4.5 acres of town-owned land in Eastport, according to Town Councilman Chris Nuzzi. The property is located south of Sunrise Highway and just east of Exit 62.

The track, which will cater to non-motorized dirt bikes only, will be open to the public, Mr. Nuzzi explained. Biking enthusiasts and Eastport residents Harold Dunlap, president of Pine Barrens BMX, and Donald Olish, the group’s vice president, met with the Town Board last Friday to discuss the plans, which have been in the works for the last several years.

Mr. Nuzzi said the location is ideal for a dirt bike track because it is secluded and not near many residential homes.

Access to the park’s entrance will be off Old Country Road, according to Southampton Town Community Preservation Program Manager Mary Wilson. Pine Barrens BMX is also looking into creating an entrance on the western side of the park, but that would require securing permission from Suffolk County, which owns the neighboring property, Ms. Wilson said.

The town also owns 10 acres of land adjacent to the proposed BMX track, which could eventually be used to expand the park, Ms. Wilson said.

According to Mr. Nuzzi, all costs associated with the project will be incurred by Pine Barrens BMX.

“These are community-oriented people who want to bring something fun to the town,” Mr. Nuzzi said. “And it’s something that all taxpayers can enjoy, but don’t have to pay for. And in this economy, that’s a great thing.”

Mr. Dunlap and Mr. Olish said they plan to raise several thousand dollars through private donations and are not looking to the town for any funding. Local businesses, including Speonk Lumber, have agreed to help with the construction of the track, according to both men.

Town Supervisor Linda Kabot said building the track involves moving dirt around to form mounds, jumps and other obstacles for the bikers. A parking lot and concession stand are also in the plans, as well as plumbing for future restrooms. In the interim, portable bathrooms will accommodate those utilizing the park.

Mr. Nuzzi said he plans to introduce a resolution outlining the lease agreement at the Town Board’s next meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 24.

“Once the supervisor signs it, then they can get to work,” Mr. Nuzzi said, adding that it should only take a few months to get the track up and running.

“This is going to be a great opportunity for kids and residents of all ages,” Mr. Nuzzi said, noting that he plans to take advantage of the park as well. “I’m going to be out there burning it up,” he said.

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By C Law (354), Water Mill on Feb 19, 09 9:03 AM
This article doesn't make clear what this track is! You call it a "dirt bike" track and use terms like "ripping it up", and go on to say it is not near residential areas. This gives a negative spin to the track. The track is for bicycle use only, There will be no engine noise, smoke, fumes etc. so it could be near residential areas as the one in Shoreham is in a residential area with no problems at all. BMX is a very family orientated sport open to all ages and gives kids a fun safe inexpensive ...more
By bikeguy (1), ridge on May 10, 09 5:47 PM