A portion of a rendering of the town square, showing an accessible children's playground and amphitheater on th riverfront. Image: Town of Riverhead 2021 Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant application.

Riverhead Town has been awarded a $500,000 state grant for its town square project in Round XIII of the Regional Economic Development Council Initiative.

The grant will help fund the development of an adaptive playground and park in the riverfront town square.

The town plans to build fully accessible children’s playground featuring unique Long Island marine/maritime themed play structures for children of all abilities and ages, according to the grant award. It will allow full inclusion for physically challenged children and their families lacking accessible recreation.

The town was also awarded a $30,000 grant to fund a feasibility study for a potential sports complex at the EPCAL site in Calverton.

Übergeek Brewing received a $50,000 grant for new machinery and equipment to increase production. It will expand brewing capacity and create new jobs, the state award said.

Gov. Kathy Hochul the Regional Economic Development Council Initiative grant awards, totaling more than $57 million on Nov. 13.

Separately, the governor last week also announced more than $46 million in new arts and culture grant awards statewide, through the New York State Council on the Arts.

Locally, the Suffolk County Historical Society was awarded $40,000, while Hallockville and the East End Arts & Humanities Council were each awarded $30,000 and The Place for Learning, which operates the Long Island Science Center, was awarded $25,000.

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