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The EPCAL Alternative Transportation Path loops around the 2,900-acre Enterprise Park at Calverton (hence its name: EPCAL) on New York’s Long Island and links to the Town of Riverhead’s 65-acre recreational facility on the western portion of the park. Families visiting to participate in organized sports at the athletic fields can simultaneously walk, jog, bike, or skate on the trail to access various other activity centers in the region within the towns of Riverhead, Brookhaven, and Southampton.
The experience along the paved pathway is scenic with a few gradual inclines. A fence and wide median separate the trail from the adjacent active roadways and much of the other side of the trail is lined with trees. A highlight is passage by Grumman Memorial Park, where you will see two fighter jets on display. Isaac Dog Park and Veterans Memorial Park can also be reached from the trail.
In addition to these recreational amenities, the trail allows pedestrians and bicycles to take trips that would otherwise be made by motor vehicles by providing two north-south off-road routes that connect NYS Route 25 and River Road, two important east/west transportation routes. These new north-south connections provide a safer off-road alternative to traveling on-road on Edwards Avenue.
Various existing county- and state-designated bicycle routes are incorporated into the route, as well as links to Suffolk County Public Transit bus routes. The EPCAL Alternative Transportation Path links to the New York State Route 25 Bike Route at the intersection of Route 25 and Route 25A on the north side of the parcel. Exiting from the south side of the property and following River Road to the east, the path links to the County Route 94 Bike Path continuing east along the south fork from Hampton Bays to Montauk State Park.
The trail utilizes the perimeter road that was once used by Grumman Corporation personnel for security during its more than 40 years of operation. Enterprise Park is adjacent to an existing 491-acre industrial park and future commercial uses once a subdivision is completed by the town on the remaining acreage available for private investors. The park’s continuing redevelopment is expected to result in economic investment and employment as it will be attractive to companies to be near amenities that promote a healthy lifestyle to employees. It will foster community revitalization by allowing residents and tourists to partake in recreational activities, such as walking, running, hiking, bird watching, inline skating and cycling in a safe, organized environment.
Parking is available in Grumman Memorial Park (located at the intersection of route 25 and 25A), Isaac Dog Park (off Route 25, east of Wading River Road), and Veterans Memorial Park (5789 Middle Country Road).
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