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Grangebel Park in downtown Riverhead features views of the Peconic River, a small man-made waterfall and various sculptures. (more…)
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Grangebel Park — likely the first park ever built in town, according to the town historian — will soon see yet another change in its 123-year-evolution.
Built in 1907 to power the town’s water-district infrastructure, the park’s now-vacant pump house, on the Peconic River, will soon see a new use: Dee Muma, owner of the nearby Dark Horse Restaurant, will begin selling lunch from the historic brick building within a few weeks.
“I really feel that [the park] is just the star of our town,” she said. “It’s a gem, and we all need to recreate more and use it. By putting a luncheon place there, it becomes a meeting ground for everybody.”
Grangebel Park was created in a “different time,” said Riverhead town historian Georgette Case.
It was built in the late 1800s by county Judge Timothy Griffing, who transformed his family’s land along the Peconic River into the park. The Griffing homestead off Main Street overlooked the stately park, which has always been open to the public, Ms. Case said.
Grangebel was likely the first park ever built in Riverhead, she said, and it was designed for a purpose expressly different from that of modern parks, which often have ballfields and soccer pitches and playgrounds. They’re designed for recreation, first and foremost.
From the beginning, however, Grangebel Park has been for relaxing, Ms. Case said. (more…)
A 29-year-old Holbrook woman was pushed into the Peconic River early Thursday by a man who then stole her belongings from a bench and fled the downtown area on foot, Riverhead police said. (more…)