Tim Garneau, an East Hampton Town trustee and volunteer for many civic-minded groups, was recognized by the town board last Thursday for his leadership in the relocation of Little League playing fields from Pantigo Place in East Hampton to the recreational facility on Stephen Hand’s Path in Wainscott.
The relocation was necessary to accommodate the upcoming construction of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s freestanding emergency medical facility on the Pantigo Place site. An opening ceremony for the new fields was held in April.
Mr. Garneau, according to the proclamation read by Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc, has “committed endless hours to the community both in his capacity as trustee and as a volunteer for several organizations,” including the PTA, the town’s Anti-Bias Task Force, the Surfrider Foundation, Citizens for Access Rights, Concerned Citizens of Montauk, the Accabonac Protection Committee, Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre, and A Walk on Water, which provides surf therapy for children and adults with special needs.
Baseball “has always been a major component of Tim’s life,” Mr. Van Scoyoc read. At 15, he began coaching his younger brother’s team and was responsible for establishing a club team at his college upon learning there was no junior varsity team.
Mr. Garneau headed up the committee that was organized to oversee the relocation of the playing fields. In that role, he “led an in-depth process to identify the best new location,” including research of ball field design and new technologies, and visited other facilities throughout the region “in order to develop world-class fields for the residents of East Hampton Town,” the supervisor read. He continued to oversee the design and construction until the fields’ completion.
The town recognizes and thanks Tim Garneau “for his years of dedication and service to the residents of our town,” Mr. Van Scoyoc read.
“I just want to thank everyone involved,” Mr. Garneau said, “because it’s truly a successful project.”