Hoping to find money to develop the ballfields at Riverhead’s new park in Calverton, the town board has agreed to allow the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball league to seek grants for the town property.
The town hopes to open the 62-acre park, situated in its 2,900-acre Enterprise Park at Calverton property, this summer. However, fully developing the site will take years. It’s twice as big as Stotzky Park in Riverhead, now considered the town’s flagship park.
The agreement will not give the baseball league — made up of college players who come back home for the summer — any priority in using the town fields, but it will provide another venue where they could play.
The Riverhead Tomcats is among five teams in the league that now play on ballfields at schools and local parks in Riverhead, Sag Harbor, Peconic, Westhampton and on Stony Brook University’s campus in Southampton.
The 40-game regular season began this week and runs through July 28, and all games start at either 5 or 7 p.m. Admission is free.
Hamptons Collegiate is part of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, which is partly funded by Major League Baseball. A full schedule is available on the league’s website.