Weeping Willow Park opens to the public

TIM GANNON PHOTO | Town Board members John Dunleavy, Supervisor Sean Walter, Councilwoman Jodi Giglio, Councilmen Jim Wooten and George Gabrielsen, and assistant engineer Drew Dillingham at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Weeping Willow Park Friday.

It’s official!

The new Weeping Willow Park on West Main Street is open to the public. The Riverhead Town Board formally christened the new park with a “ribbon-cutting” ceremony Friday afternoon.

The park has two picnic tables, a small parking lot and a canoe and kayak access area to the Peconic River.

The town built the park with a $500,000 state Environmental Protection Fund grant it received in 2007, and purchased the property with $1.25 million in Community Preservation Funds.

The park is built on the site of the former Weeping Willow Motel, which was there for 58 years before the town bought the land in 2009.

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