Riverhead Town ParksGrumman Memorial Park

Grumman Memorial Park

Grumman Memorial Park

4670 NY-25, Calverton, NY 11933

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Memorial

Description

Grumman Memorial Park is located on Route 25 near the Route 25A intersection and is situated on a one-acre site (with an additional nine acres of land for expansion) on the former Grumman Aerospace Flight Test Facility (Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant) in Calverton, Long Island, New York. The Park is due east of the 10,000-foot runway.

The Grumman Memorial Park was created by a group of volunteers to pay tribute to the incredible advances in aviation and aerospace that took place on Long Island, and to give thanks to the teamwork of the employees of the Grumman Corporation. This dedicated group of people took aviation from the flight deck of a Navy carrier to man’s first steps on the moon.

The park’s centerpiece is an F-14A Tomcat that was the 331st produced by Grumman (now Northrop Grumman Corp) at the Calverton plant, it first took flight on July 6, 1979. The F-14 has its wings swept back and is placed on a specially designed pedestal that aims  the front of the plane to the sky.

In addition to the F-14 Tomcat, the park features an A-6E, BuNo 164384, known as a “Puncher 505” in the last squadron it served in. The A-6E was delivered to Calverton from storage at the Davis-Montham Air Force Base in Arizona. It was delivered by flatbed trucks in several pieces by Worldwide Aircraft Recovery, Ltd. The A-6E is positioned on special mounts.

There is also a walk of Honor with inscribed bricks. The Park also hosts a guard booth from Grumman’s Bethpage facility that used to house a computer for locating bricks. There is also a flag pole that once stood near Plant 7 on the property.

The planes are on loan to the Town of Riverhead. The F-14 Tomcat has been the centerpiece and has been on loan since 2000 from the National Naval Aviation Museum.

According to the Town, as of 2023; the Park is maintained by the Town of Riverhead every week, additionally, the planes are hosed down every spring and are lightly power-washed every three years.

LIParks is unable to locate any updates from the Non-Profit organization that started the Grumman Memorial Park on 1/17/22. The group’s original website noted: “Grumman Memorial Park is a not-for-profit volunteer group composed of retired Grumman employees, civic leaders, and concerned citizens and the Town of Riverhead preserving the Grumman legacy in the United States at the site of the former Grumman final assembly and flight test facility in Calverton New York.”

For any inquiries regarding Grumman Memorial Park in Calverton, you should reach out to the Town of Riverhead; If you’re inquiring about the Planes, we’d recommend you reach out to the National Naval Aviation Museum

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Last updated: 10/5/23