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After months of renovation work, the Ponquogue Beach
Pavilion and Facility, the Town’s most popular ocean beach, is ready for its
close-up. The Southampton Town Board
will hold a ribbon cutting in time for the 2019 beach season.
Monday, May 20 2019 at 11amPonquogue Beach Pavilion and FacilityDune Road, Hampton Bays
The renovation began in November, 2018 and will be
completed for this Memorial Day weekend.
Built in 1966, the entire 3.9 acres site has been transformed into a
modern, eco-friendly facility utilizing sustainable products, including an
increase in natural lighting through sky-lights and harvesting rain-water for
irrigation and restrooms.
In addition, the renovation includes a new roof,
upgrades to exterior materials including epi decking and low maintenance,
chemical free siding. The ramp to the
beach has been extended and widened and the concession area has a new look with
additional outdoor seating. The indoor
and outdoor lighting has been replaced with LED fixtures. There are more
outdoor showers and the renovated restrooms include changing areas. The parking lot has been upgraded with rain
gardens and native plantings. The
parking area surface has been recoated and restriped. And, the attendance booth
and entrance have been replaced and modernized to improve appearance,
accessibility and safety. The total renovation costs $3.35 million.
The improvements follow several community meetings,
including a beach survey and an on-line poll.
The Community responded overwhelmingly in favor of keeping it a “low key
and family oriented beach”. The Town
Board worked closely with the Parks and Recreation Department and the
architects to achieve that goal and create a facility that is reminiscent of
the old but more spacious, more accessible and more sustainable.