BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO
The old Riverhead Town landfill property will soon be used as a
hiking and biking trail.
Looking for a scenic spot to take a hike or bike ride?
How about the dump?
The old Riverhead Town landfill on Youngs Avenue will soon be opened for the public to use as a hiking or bike trail, officials said.
The town had planned to make the landfill into a hiking park once the capping and closing of the facility was completed, and Dave Cullen, an aide to town supervisor Sean Walter, said all that needs to be done still is to put a sign up alerting the public.
The town stopped landfilling in the mid-1990s and originally sought to reclaim the landfill, a process by which garbage and recyclables are excavated and the land can be returned to use.
However, that plan proved to be way more expensive than originally estimated, and the town instead capped the rest of the landfill, a process by which a large plastic cap is placed over the top of the landfill.