STAR To Make Splash of Pool Plans

A rendering of the proposed aquatics center for Red Creek Park in Hampton Bays.

Southampton Town Aquatics & Recreation Inc. (STAR), which has proposed the construction of a $25 million aquatics center on town-owned land at Red Creek Park in Hampton Bays will hold a public forum at Southampton Town Hall on Tuesday, May 1, beginning at 7 p.m.

“We are going to be presenting to the public an updated plan with updated drawings,” said Josephine DeVincenzi, STAR’s vice president.

Members of the STAR board and their consultants from Sports Facility Advisory and Councilman Hunsaker (aquatic specialists), will present updated information on the project and be available to answer questions from the public on specific elements of the facility.

The group’s website will be shared along with the fundraising plans that have begun.  The community will learn what they can do to help make the facility move from “concept to concrete.”  Anyone interested in swimming, water safety, aquatic therapy, diving and winter aquatic fun is encouraged to attend.

STAR plans to raise the approximately $19 million it estimates the facility will cost as well as an additional $6 million in seed money to fund operations. Early plans call for a 43,000-square-foot building with a 25-meter competition pool, a recreational pool and a warm-water therapy pool.

“STAR is a private, nonprofit group that will for grants, donations and developing agreements with service groups,” said Ms. DeVincenzi. “The only thing we are seeking from the town is its support for a long-term and lease.”