Plan would turn Grumman picnic grounds into ball fields

03/16/2011 12:03 AM |

TIM GANNON PHOTO | Recreation committee members tour the EPCAL site this week.

Riverhead Town’s recreation advisory committee members are recommending the town use a 30-acre tract of land at the Enterprise Park at Calverton for multi-purpose fields that could be used for soccer, football or lacrosse.

The land, they say, needs only to be striped.

The area in question is just east of four new baseball fields the town has already built and east of an old Grumman picnic grounds, Councilman George Gabrielsen, also a committee member, explained at Tuesday night’s Town Board meeting.

The land has long been clear of trees and brush and falls within the 62 acres where the town has been planning a park for years.

The state has given approvals for the park to open, but the town is still waiting for the county’s OK, officials said. The town went out for bids on building the parking area and the park entrance from Route 25, and those bids are due Friday.

Mr. Gabrielsen said the town’s master plan for the former Grumman site calls for a project estimated at nearly $500,000 to build new recreational fields on the once federally-owned land. The town will not be having soccer leagues play at Stotzky Park this summer because of the poor condition of those fields and instead hopes to move those leagues to this site, Mr. Gabrielsen said.

He said the recreation committee can have the fields open by May, without any new expenses, since the town already owns the soccer nets, and the field striping and other work can be done in-house.

“We just saved the town a half million dollars,” he said.

tgannon@timesreview.com

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  • I thought this land was to generate money and jobs?
    Ball fields ,Hotels and Restaurants and Vineyards.

  • Is this in addition to the playground that sits unused on Grumman Blvd by the old “security” gate?
    Seriously Mr Gabrielson, what are you talking about? You and the rest of the board “spent” almost that much for a land review (which has been done already, twice!) after visiting Devins and getting religion. So is this a transparent way of covering that cost?

  • what about the bathrooms? whats the holdup? ill ask dunleavy!

  • I would like to make it totally clear that these soccer fields are in the 62 acre town recreation park at EPCAL. This not in the EPCAL parcel being developed and subdivided. There is a desparate need for all purpose ,soccer,PAL football,etc. fields in Riverhead. We will put these in use immediately. This is a win win for our town recreation as this will cost our tax payers absolutely nothing. Thanks for your concerns as we all want whats best for our residents. Councilman George E. Gabrielsen

  • I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU JUST BLEW THIS OFF .”THANK S FOR YOUR CONCERNS AS WE ALL WANT WHATS BEST FOR OUR RESIDENTS”,,,WE ARE RESIDENTS …YOU SAY HERE THAT THE MASTER PLAN SAYS…OMG TODAY YOU LOVE THE MASTER PLAN…WHEN IT FITS WITH WHAT YOU WANT TO DO.LAST WEEK THE TOWN SAID THE MASTER PLAN WAS NO GOOD AND NOT DONE CORRECTLY….MAKE UP YOUR MIND.
    THANK YOU MR GABRIELSON FOR DOING WHAT A COMMITTEE ASKED YOU TO DO..I GUESS THIS IS JOB SECURITY FOR THOSE IN RECREATION …

  • I guess I missed something in Laurie D’s response I guess to Councilman Gabrielson. He answered your first response. I have no idea what your second response even is?? Moving Soccer and PAL football to the old Grumman site is a no brainer. It’s on land that is for that purpose. And turn off the Caps, no need to yell.

  • The Town Board stated that the Master Plan was done wrong.However when it fits with something they want they state oh it is part of the Master plan..I don’t understand what you don’t get ..and pal is not a Riverhead organization it’s County.

  • Just to clear up the confusion, I am not talking about the masterplan at EPCAL, we are talking about phase 2 of the masterplan created for the 62 acre recreation park which was worked on by the recreation advisory committee. The committee is made up by volunteers from throughout the town. They do not get paid. We thank them for time and effort.

  • There is plenty of land there for everyone. Ball fields and soccer fields are great for our kids and future children. Just don’t forget about the adults when making a decision about the rest of the property to be developed. We NEED a Motorsports complex for Drag Racing!! Bring back the Motorsports History for Long Island!! All ages love racing!!