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Montauk park and historic house to be open for rentals

The front exterior of the Fort Pond House,

The front exterior of the Fort Pond House, a home owned by East Hampton Town, on Fort Pond in Montauk is seen in this photo from Nov.16, 2015. Credit: Gordon M. Grant

Plans for how the newly-renovated and restored historic Carol Morrison Park in Montauk will be managed when it reopens as a public facility in May are expected to be completed within a month.

A “soft opening” of the property was held in January to give people an opportunity to see the work that had been done as part of the yearlong renovation and restoration project, but the property will actually become available for event and other rentals in May.

East Hampton Town Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc said in a telephone interview Tuesday that included in the management plan would be a fee schedule for rentals and guidelines for the types of functions and activities that would be allowed to take place there.

“We’ve already had inquiries (about rentals),” Van Scoyoc said. He has been instrumental in the years’ long fight to save the property from being sold by East Hampton to generate revenue.

The 4-acre East Hampton Town-owned waterfront property, located at 128 Second House Rd., includes a bungalow built in 1925 that was known as Fort Pond House.

East Hampton purchased the property in 2003 from its last owner, Lee Deadrick, and named it in honor of the late Carol Morrison, an environmentalist and Montauk resident.

In recent years the site has been used for environmental education and art classes, and by the Montauk School, the Boy Scouts and The Third House Nature Center.

The newly completed work on the property included restoration of the bungalow’s foundation, wall replacement, refinishing the pine floors and making the building accessible for wheelchairs.

Van Scoyoc said that among the inquiries so far from prospective rentals have been people interested in the property for weddings.

“We’re a little concerned about advertising it as a wedding venue so we’re pulling back on that,” Van Scoyoc said. “Maybe there could be a smaller wedding there but we’re capping the total (capacity) to something less than 150 people. It’s in close proximity to a residential area and we want to be respectful of the neighbors.”

Van Scoyoc said, “We’re planning to make it available on a limited basis to organizations like a non-profit.”

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