Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith announced that Riverhead will be making an additional $300,000 investment into its parks and open spaces, bringing the supervisor’s total investment in these areas to over $500,000 during her tenure, which has included opening the bike trail at Calverton Enterprise Park.
In the release, Jens-Smith said, “Riverhead’s parks and open spaces have been neglected for too long. Residents have been calling for these changes for years now, as they’ve seen their recreation areas ignored due to lack of funding. New pickleball courts, playgrounds, walking trails, and improvements to our dog parks are being funded to answer those calls and meet the needs of our hamlets.”
Some areas of investment include creation of the Sharper Hill Preserve, upgrading various play surfaces and equipment for sports and playgrounds, and other projects.
“The open vistas and public parks surrounding our town showcases how beautiful this area of Long Island really is,”Councilman James Wooten added. “This funding will go directly in maintaining and restoring our resources, and creating a welcoming atmosphere for residents and guests visiting alike.”