With her brother Brett, 16, making the first kick on the recreation center’s soccer field, Breezy Park was officially dedicated today in the memory of 13-year-old Brianna Titcomb, a Lloyd Harbor girl killed in a drunken-driving accident while vacationing in Texas in 2005.
“The idea for the park started in the funeral home with Brianna’s fellow Cold Spring Harbor Soccer Club girls and it turned into an incredible thing,” said John Titcomb, Brianna’s father, in between hugs with friends. “Hopefully these girls will have Breezy’s spirit on their shoulder when they play here.”
The 11-acre center in Huntington Station includes a playground and two fields for community soccer, lacrosse and football teams, who were all in attendance at the ceremony.
The property was purchased in 2006 for $4.1 million with a combination of Suffolk County and Huntington Town funds, while the $6.75-million building project was funded with money from the town and a $1 million donation from Joe and Nikki Gregory, of Lloyd Harbor. Joe Gregory, 59, is the former chief operating officer of Lehman Brothers.
“Breezy was a very special young lady and her spirit touched so many,” Gregory said. “The community tried to think of ways to keep her memory alive and this beautiful facility is going to be enjoyed for years to come.”
Petrone said the town board worked with the Cold Spring Harbor Soccer Club to ensure the park reflected Brianna’s spirit.
“In my 18 years as supervisor, this is probably the project that had the most community involvement,” Petrone said. “Unfortunately, it’s always tragedy that stops us to realize what’s important and to grow as a community. Breezy left many things to us all and this is a little symbol of that.”
Other attendees at the dedication ceremony included Suffolk County Legis. Jon Cooper, Huntington Councilwoman Susan Berland.
“Now her parents and brother have a chance to drive by this field every day and see Breezy,” said Gregory. “It’s a beautiful thing.”