Huntington Supervisor Frank P. Petrone joined family, friends and members of the Cold Spring Harbor Soccer Club on August 9 in unveiling a statue of the late Brianna “Breezy” Titcomb at the Town park named in memory of the 13-year-old girl who was killed by a drunk driver while on vacation with her family in Texas several years ago.
The sculpture by artist Michael Alfano was commissioned by Breezy’s parents, Dawn and John Titcomb, and depicts the teen in her soccer uniform, kicking a soccer ball. Massachusetts-based Alfano has several additional works on display on Long Island, including anti-drunk driving sculptures at Farmingdale State College and Eisenhower Park.
In his remarks, Supervisor Petrone noted that the sculpture completed the park, which includes two synthetic athletic fields, a practice area, a playground and a comfort station and concession building. The Supervisor said he hoped the sculpture would serve as an inspiration to the youth soccer players who use the park as well as make a statement about the effects drunk drivers can cause.
Joining Supervisor Petrone at the ceremony were Dawn and John Titcomb, their son, Brett, Cold Spring Harbor Soccer Club president Michael Fleischer and Councilman Mark Mayoka. Council Members Mark Cuthbertson, Susan Berland and Eugene Cook sent their regrets at not being able to attend. Following the ceremony, several teammates and friends of Brianna participated in a scrimmage in her memory.
Breezy Park was built on the site of the former Mohlenhoff property. The property originally was slated to become a bus depot and repair yard for the South Huntington School District. But thanks to dedicated and caring residents and a tireless effort by the Cold Spring Harbor Soccer Club leadership, the Huntington Town Board was able to acquire the property in partnership with Suffolk County through its Open Space Preservation Program.
It was the Cold Spring Harbor Soccer Club’s idea to name the new park in honor and memory of Brianna. The park was constructed with a combination of Town funds and a $1 million private donation from Joe and Nikki Gregory.