The Southampton Town Board will go out to bid for design plans for the proposed Riverside Maritime Trail Park, following a work session on Thursday, December 13 with members of the Flanders/Riverside/Northampton Community Association who helped the board fine-tune plans for the 14 acre Suffolk County park property, located on the Peconic River in Riverside.
The town has an inter-municipal agreement with the county for this park project and has held three meetings with community members and landscape architects Araiys Design to discuss design elements for the park. The initial concept planning was funded by a grant awarded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to FRNCA.
Final conceptual plans include a walking trail with the main spine of the trail running east to west, plans to open up views that will be visible from Flanders Road, the removal of nonnative plans, the creation of pedestrian access and vehicle access to a parking area, the creation of a launch for kayaks, a great lawn and a performance stage. An overlook area will also be designed for educational workshops with a comfort station and exercise areas also planned for the park.
The architects have recommended a three-phase plan for the park and have suggested the town continue to seek state and other grants to pay for the park project.
“Let’s move forward,” said Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. “We have a plan.”
On Monday, New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. announced the DEC has awarded FRNCA $50,000 for the Riverside Maritime Trail. The funding is a part of an overall $2.6 million in Community Impact Grants presented to 28 organizations throughout the state. The grant will support continued work on Phase II of development and programming for the trail, which is being developed to provide a link between the new downtown Riverside and Peconic River.