Downtown Riverhead’s only playground is just about done

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Downtown's only playground as it looked Wednesday.

Work installing a fence around a newly built playground next to downtown Riverhead’s River and Roots Community Garden is just about done.

The Riverhead Rotary Club made a donation toward getting most of the fence built, and then garden organizers announced they needed another $1,000 to complete the project. After some publicity, they got the within days and started work.

The new playground – the only one in downtown Riverhead — is located next to the garden near Grangebel Park.

It includes a slide, seesaw and jungle gym.

The playground cost the town $51,374 to build, according to a contract awarded by the Town Board earlier this year.

It’s being funded by a Community Development Block Grant, which comes from federal funds, rather than town property taxes.