The town’s new playground next to the community garden will be ready to open by Memorial Day, Riverhead town engineer Ken Testa told RiverheadLOCAL yesterday.

The playground equipment was delivered and installed this week, concrete footings were poured and wood fiber surfacing was spread around the playground area, adjacent to the River and Roots Community Garden on West Main Street.

Fencing for the playground area, donated by Riverhead Rotary, is scheduled to be installed at the end of next week, Testa said.

The $51,000 cost of the playground equipment and surface materials is being paid out of urban renewal grant money, according to town officials.

The playground idea was pitched to the town by River and Roots cofounders Amy Davidson and Laurie Nigro. They also secured the grant for the fencing from Riverhead Rotary.

“This is part of our quest to reclaim downtown,” Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter said of the playground last year. The town in the past two years has completed a renovation of Grangebel Park, agreed to and assisted in the development of a town-owned lot as a community garden, and renovated and reopened the West Main Street comfort station.

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