The Southampton Town Board recently approved a resolution to replace most of the playground equipment at Red Creek Park in Hampton Bays.
The legislation, sponsored by Town Councilwoman Christine Scalera, allocates $156,000 from the Southampton Town Parks and Recreation Department’s reserves to install new equipment at the park, which is located off Old Riverhead Road in the northern part of the hamlet.
Ms. Scalera said many parents have expressed a desire for newer equipment at the popular park. “The equipment hasn’t been updated since 1997, so it’s well overdue, and we’re happy we can replace it,” she said.
Red Creek Park boasts two playgrounds, one for children age 2 to 5, and another for children age 5 to 12. Both will be updated under current plans.
The councilwoman did not specify exactly what items would be purchased, but she said most of the equipment will be more modern versions of what currently sits in the park. She added that there also will be a new rubber ground cover installed under the equipment to improve the safety for children.
“The current facilities are at the end of their useful life,” Town Parks and Recreation Superintendent Chris Bean said in a prepared statement. “Typically, public play equipment lasts about 10 to 12 years, and with the heavy usage at these playgrounds, it makes sense to replace what’s there rather than continuing to try to repair it.”
The project is slated to begin in mid-June and the installation is expected to take about four weeks, wrapping up in mid-July, according to Ms. Scalera.