Lt. Lee Hayes Youth Park
Description of Park
Located at the corner of Town Lane and Abrahams Path, this facility offers a multitude of activities including tennis with two courts, an oval track for walking, jogging, rollerblading, etc., an in-line youth hockey rink, a basketball court, a playground, a skateboard park which includes a half-pipe and rails for grinding, picnic tables and a club house, ADA accessible rest rooms with changing table and parking.
- Monday- Sunday (weather permitting)
- Weekdays – After school until dusk
- Weekends and Holidays – 9am until dusk (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s)
- Summer (mid-June – Labor Day) - 9am until dusk
Lieutenant Lee A. Hayes
The former “Amagansett Youth Park” was renamed in honor of Lieutenant Lee A. Hayes in the fall of 2021. Mr. Hayes was among a group of precedent-setting Black soldiers at the Tuskegee Army Air Field who passed rigorous tests to become pilots in the then-segregated armed forces.
He was drafted into the Army in 1943 and was working as an instructor in the camouflage school when he learned that the Army planned to begin training Black pilots and navigators. As a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, he trained as a bomber pilot with the 477th Bombardment Group and helped break the U.S. Military’s color barrier.
Following his service, Mr. Hayes encountered the color barrier once again when he sought work, unsuccessfully, as a commercial airline pilot. He worked as a custodian at Brookhaven Lab and, with his brothers, as a carpenter.
Mr. Hayes’s family moved here from Virginia when he was a child. The oldest of 13 children, he attended the Amagansett School and East Hampton High School. A charter member of the Calvary Baptist Church, and a Democratic committee man in East Hampton during the Judith Hope administration, he advocated for the hiring of the first African-American poll watcher, and the first Black U.S. Postal Service employee in East Hampton.
The Hayes family settled in the Town Lane area of East Hampton, not far from the Youth Park, where Mr. Hayes died at home in 2013 at the age of 91.
Address: 206 Town Lane, Amagansett, NY 11930 Google Maps
- This park is provided exclusively for children through grade 12
- Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult
- Adults must be accompanied by a child to play tennis or basketball
- A helmet is required to ride in the park
- Helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, proper shoes are required to skate on the ramps
- No bikes in ramp area
- No food or beverage allowed in the ramp area
- Recklessness will not be tolerated
- All injuries must be reported to the staff
- No alcohol, tobacco, or any illegal substance allowed on the premises
- No trespassing when gates are closed
- Rule violators will lose privileges
- No dogs allowed
- No skateboarding, rollerblading, biking, or scootering on the tennis courts or basketball courts
- Rollerblading permitted in the hockey rink, but not skateboarding, biking or scootering
- All borrowed equipment must be returned to the office
- Skate at Your Own Risk
*Additional park rules are posted in the park for the tennis and basketball courts, hockey rink, and playground area.