Carol Morrison Park/Fort Pond House
To Provide the residents of East Hampton town with access to a unique public outdoor experience at Carol Morrison Park, on the shores of Fort Pond, that allows recreational park opportunities and use of Fort Pond House for indoor educational and cultural activities.
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General Goals & Objectives
Carol Morrison Park grounds to provide unique recreational environment and easy public access - open from dawn to dusk, no locked gate.
- To provide easy public access to a unique recreational environment
- To make Fort Pond House available to the community for educational and cultural activities
- To make Carol Morrison Park available to the community for activities that make use of the natural setting, while maintaining respect for the residential neighbors
- To schedule all events through East Hampton Town Recreation Department
Requirements for Booking
To Book the Fort Pond House the following are required:
- Fort Pond House, application completed (original, not a copy).
- Certificate of Insurance in the "Accord 25" format, which encompasses the dates of the request (minimum $2,000,000 liability coverage, and the Town of East Hampton is listed as “additionally insured”).
- Payment (check made out to the Town of East Hampton, money order, or cash) for the entire amount required, for the request made.
- For those requesting the booking of Fort Pond House which exceeds the occupancy of 44 persons, needing the exclusive use of Carol Morrison Park in addition to Fort Pond House, a ‘Mass Gathering Application’ must be submitted to the Town Clerk’s Office. Additional fees may also be required. A ‘Tent Permit’ would be required by the Fire Marshal’s Office in order to erect a tent in Carol Morrison Park. Additional fees may also be required.”
- Fort Pond House maximum occupancy is 44 people
- Carol Morrison Park maximum occupancy is 150 people (groups >4 people requires mass gathering permit)
- Town board approval and New York State Liquor Authority permit are required for alcohol consumption
- Fee waivers for educational groups may be available
- Parking for 16 cars and one designated ADA parking space will be available
Small groups of no more than 44 people will be permitted to use Fort Pond House on a regular basis (between the hours of 9:00 am - 9:00 pm) for activities that comply with the management goals and objectives.
- No digging and artifact recovery
- No unauthorized woodcutting or removal of vegetation
- No dumping
- No fires except in receptacles designed for the same (such as barbecues) in areas designated for such purposes
- No hunting (the town may, as part of ongoing deer management practices, allow hunting on a very restricted and limited basis upon authorization of the Town Board)
- No outdoor league games, or establishment of ball courts or playing fields
- No alcohol, except with the express permission of the Town Board
- No camping or mobile homes
- No unauthorized vehicles, including ATVs
Carol Morrison Park provides vehicle access via a gravel road to a single paved ADA parking space with immediate ramp access to Fort Pond House. In addition there is designated parking for 16 cars on grass.
Beyond the ADA parking space there are no paved walkways, access to the remainder of the park is by grassed lawn that is regularly mowed. Wheelchair accessible picnic tables are available in close proximity to Fort Pond House. Currently there is no ADA accessibility to the shorefront on Fort Pond.
Fort Pond House, which is open by appointment only, is ADA accessible with ramp access to the front door and interior ramp access to the covered porch area. The building contains an ADA compliant bathroom and doors meet a 32” wide minimum.