Editor’s Note: The ribbon cutting ceremony has been moved to 11:30 a.m. An earlier version of this story listed the ceremony time as 2 p.m. It has since been updated.
Riverhead Town’s Alternative Transportation Committee will hold a ribbon cutting for the multi-purpose athletic trail around the Calverton Enterprise Park on Monday, July 1 at 11:30 a.m at the first informational kiosk just east of the Route 25 parking lot across from Calverton National Cemetery.
The 9.2 mile trail will be named the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Trail.
Construction on the trail began in 2008 with the aid of state grant funding, including $100,000 in grant funding from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Since that time, Riverhead secured $200,000 in Suffolk County funding through the work of Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski, $500,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) and $150,000 in state funding from the New York Dormitory Authority secured through State Senator Kenneth LaValle.
The trail was constructed over an abandoned gravel vehicular path cleared and developed in the 1950s by the Grumman Corporation as a perimeter security road.
“The Vietnam Veterans Memorial trail will have significant public recreational benefit,” said Riverhead Town Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith. “It offers a safe atmosphere for bicycling, walking, running and other activities.”
“Biking, walking and running are no cost, family friendly activities,” said Riverhead Councilwoman Jodi Giglio, who serves as the town board liaison to the Alternative Transportation Committee. “The trail will significantly benefit Riverhead families by providing a safe outlet to participate in healthy activities, while increasing users’ appreciation of the natural environment in the scenic Pine Barrens and provide a sense of place.”