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Jan 19, 2018 12:17 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Southampton Town Seeks Feedback About Good Ground Park In Online Survey

The town has issued a survey to get feedback about Good Ground Park. AMANDA BERNOCCO
Jan 23, 2018 11:38 AM

Southampton Town officials are hoping to get a head start on planning the summer event schedule for Good Ground Park—but they need a little help.

As the new Hampton Bays park heads into its second summer, town officials are asking locals and visitors alike what they think worked last year and what did not. Officials are also seeking advice through an online survey about how to brand the park: What should they name the summer concert series in the amphitheater? What logo should Good Ground Park boast? What other events and activities should they hold at the park?

A link to the survey can be found on the town’s website: southamptontownny.gov. Feedback will be accepted through Friday, January 26.

Deputy Town Supervisor Frank Zappone said this week that he is looking forward to reviewing the results, noting that surveys have been used for other town projects, including the reconstruction of the Ponquogue Pavilion in Hampton Bays. The feedback, he continued, has helped him and Parks Director Kristen Doulos tailor projects to the community’s wants and needs.

“The surveys we have conducted in the past have produced some broad and useful information,” Mr. Zappone said.

The $4 million park, which is sandwiched between Montauk Highway and Squiretown Road in Hampton Bays, hosted several music performances last year during its first summer. Mr. Zappone said the amphitheater, the facility’s most unique feature, could also be the center for other events, like a Shakespeare in the Park, or an Ice Capades—where a special flooring is put down for a theatrical ice skating performance.

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By Erin 27 E (1281), hampton bays on Jan 19, 18 6:34 PM
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By bigblue84 (89), Hampton Bays on Jan 19, 18 8:41 PM
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The concert at this unbelievable awful design of a park should be called “ They paved paradise and put up a parking lot”
By Non-Political (125), Hampton Bays on Jan 20, 18 3:21 PM
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By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Jan 20, 18 3:59 PM
ATH and Company were responsible for this monstrosity and should be arrested and tried for the environmental crime that this thing is! Acres of trees cut down, wildlife uprooted, bright lights lighting up the skies, and now you want to have events that will pollute the area with noise? You killed the value of adjacent homes, you are in violation of NYS Public Health Law Section 225 Part 7 Sub Part 7.4-5 Sub section B - Or in normal person talk, YOU BUILT A PUBLIC VENUE WITH NO BATHROOMS WHICH ...more
By DisgustedHamptons (58), Hampton Bays on Jan 21, 18 3:44 AM
Why are the comments deleted? People should be provided with uncensored information about the development of GGP. It was supposed to be the economic engine for Main Street. The Press has followed this for 2 decades. Go back and look at all the false and misleading statements and maybe a real investigative report should be done. . The censorship starts at the Town - putting out a survey about branding the amphitheater to distract what is really going on along the business corridor in Hampton ...more
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Jan 21, 18 8:43 AM
Be careful what u post as comments. I made one that stayed up about a SHV Restaurant that was catching flak. A day later I got a email from the restaurant inviting me to come to one of their "events". I'd never had contact with them before and the email address was one I only use for the account here, not my primary one by far... Clearly someone at the Press gave them my email address.
By G (342), Southampton on Jan 21, 18 1:56 PM
The Press does not share personal information, including email addresses, with anyone.
By Bill Sutton, Managing Editor (117), Westhampton Beach on Jan 22, 18 7:09 AM
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If you want free speech, I would suggest you buy a newspaper. Commenting on 27east.com is a privilege afforded to members under our terms of service, which users agree to before being allowed to comment. I would be happy to send you a copy. It states that offensive, off-topic and otherwise objectionable comments will be removed, at The Press's discretion.
By Bill Sutton, Managing Editor (117), Westhampton Beach on Jan 22, 18 9:55 AM
Got 'em!
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8265), HAMPTON BAYS on Jan 22, 18 1:35 PM
Hiding behind a screen name and bashing ppl in this community on a local newspaper site is NOT what Free Speech is all about. Isn’t it obvious?

The first 2 comments, I read them an they were off topic an simply removed.
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Jan 23, 18 8:25 AM
As a resident of Hampton Bays, I respectfully disagree that the first two comments were off topic. They referred to the blight in the community. The development of the Park was supposed to be part and parcel to a greater redevelopment plan that included correcting the illegal use of buildings and building a vibrant downtown. Very little information has been provided as to the Town's overall plan for redevelopment and their actions being taken on the illegal use of motels.
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on Jan 23, 18 10:41 AM
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Now the U-Haul/Service Station is closed and John's Bargain looks like it is closing too. This amphitheater is great, but it is a drop in the bucket in what needs to get done to revitalize Hampton Bays. I can't help but visualize "Nero Fiddling while Rome is Burning" every time of of the officials gets on the amphitheater stage. I wrote several letters to the editor about this....maybe it is time for another.
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on Jan 22, 18 2:42 PM
Please tell me exactly how this amphitheater is great??? Did you see what happened to the poor people of Squiretown Road near the Grand Entrance? Who do you think goes in to that parking lot during the day and night and what exactly do you think is going on inside their vehicles? Hint: It's NOT bird-watching! If you seriously think that having this amphitheater is so great, perhaps you should trade homes with the people who are now forced to live with it all over their properties (which due ...more
By DisgustedHamptons (58), Hampton Bays on Jan 23, 18 2:28 AM
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IMO, the the park was a good idea, but poorly designed and executed. I live near the entrance to the park and I have not been shy about my concerns. It is active 10 days and the rest of the time it is an attractive nuisance (or as some people call it "zombie park'). I am fully aware of the vandalism, loitering, homeless camps and I believe a fire recently. However, it is there now and we need to move forward. The Town and other sponsors had some nice concerts at the amphitheater there last year. ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on Jan 23, 18 7:21 AM
and let me add, the actions of the Town over the past decade or more has robbed Hampton Bays of its vitality and the spending power of its residents to support the local businesses. By their own submission for a grant - over the past 10 years there is an increase in the economically disadvantaged families moving into the community with over 50% of the children eligible for free lunch. Many others are working or retired middle class that have seen their taxes go up faster than their cost of ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on Jan 23, 18 8:12 AM
Bring back Neptune's. The kids will pay $12+ for an egg platter as long as it comes with avocado.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8265), HAMPTON BAYS on Jan 23, 18 9:29 AM
Yes tourism is great but I live in Hampton Bays and don't want it to be added to to list of "nice places to visit but I wouldn't want to live there"
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on Jan 23, 18 9:45 AM
I appreciate the response Bill. But how do you explain the email I got from a SHV restaurant/Club....one I’ve never had any contact with...to a email address that is not even my primary....and a day after commenting here?
By G (342), Southampton on Jan 23, 18 12:07 AM
7. All events are currently planned for the evenings (6:30pm to 9:30pm).
Would you attend morning or afternoon events?

The only possible answers are either "Yes" or "No"

Woops.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8265), HAMPTON BAYS on Jan 23, 18 10:32 AM