In the spring, when Riverhead’s community garden opens for business once again, there will be something new added to the little bit of greenery along the Peconic River in the downtown business district: a playground.
The idea of creating a community garden came from River and Roots, a local nonprofit, and the town board gave the group enough land to put in 36 individual 4-by-10-foot plots. The town provided water and the planting boxes were made by prisoners at the county jail who volunteered their time.
But some of the people who paid the $25 season fee for the plots took their children with them to work in the garden, and suggested that some playground equipment be put up in the little vest-pocket park.
The town board voted 3-0 Wednesday night to spend $51,374 to purchase recreation equipment for the community garden, with the money coming from a Community Development Block Grant that had been applied for by Suffolk County.
There were six bidders on the project. The town engineer and recreation superintendent disqualified the two lowest bidders, saying their products did not meet the specifications required in the town’s bid standard.
The contract was awarded to Louis Barbato Landscaping Inc. of Holbrook, the third-lowest bidder on the playground equipment.