On Monday, July 1, at 2 PM the Town of Riverhead Alternative Transportation Committee will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the official opening of its 9.2-mile Vietnam Veterans Memorial Trail, located around Calverton Enterprise Park.
Construction on the Memorial Trail began in 2008 with the help of state grant funding which included $100,000 from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. Since then, Riverhead secured an additional $200,000 in funding from Suffolk County through Legislator Al Krupski.
Krupski said, “I am excited that the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Trail has been completed and ready for the 2019 summer season. As traffic on the East End continues to grow, it is essential to provide the residents of Suffolk County off-road transportation alternatives where they can safely bike, roller blade, and hike.”
There was an additional $500,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Fund and $150,000 state funding from New York Dormitory Authority through New York State Senator Ken LaValle.
“I’m pleased the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Trail will now be the officially open to the public,” said LaValle. “This project illustrates that when state and local governments work together, we can accomplish great things. The Memorial Trail will be a well-utilized asset for the entire community and bring additional visitors to enjoy the outdoor beauty of eastern Long Island.”
The ceremony will be held across from the Calverton National Cemetery at the informational kiosk. Parking will be available at the EPCAL parking lot, along the street of River Road near the DEC kiosk.