Welcome to FNTG

Welcome to the Friends of Northampton (MA) Trails and Greenways, a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to improving the expanding rail-trail network in Northampton,
Massachusetts.

Thanks for the trail cleanup!

To those of you who, despite the rainy weather last Saturday, came out to participate in the City-wide trail cleanup sponsored by the Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways: Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

A ride along the trails on Sunday found much less trash than previously. Good job, folks! Now, let’s all resolve . . .
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City-wide trail cleanup on Saturday, April 26th (9:00am-11:00am)

The City-wide trail cleanup will be taking place on Saturday, April 26th (9:00am-11:00am), and we we hope that you can join us to give a spring sprucing up.

Volunteers are welcomed to join any of the groups that will be meeting that morning. Black bags (for garbage) and white bags (for recyclables) will be . . .
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Temporary trail closures in Easthampton

Our friends from the Manhan Rail Trail in Easthampton write:

Due to infrastructure work related to the Pleasant Street Mills grant project, sections of the Manhan Rail Trail are now CLOSED – some parts until the end of June, 2014. Please reference the attached map, which shows the affected section of the path, suggested detours . . .
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Spring Trail Cleanup: Saturday April 26 from 9:00am-noon

Join with your friends and neighbors for FNTG’s Annual Spring Trail Cleanup. Please contact Bruce Hart (Bhart2000@aol.com) if you would be willing to act as a Team Captain (responsible for supervising volunteers for a short section of the trails) or as a volunteer to work as part of a Team. Let’s get rid of winter . . .
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The Trail from Northampton to New Haven (Wednesday May 7, 6:30-8:30pm)

Come to the Tandem Bagel Company on Railroad Street in Easthampton to meet with other trail groups (Friends of the Manhan Trail, Friends of Westfield’s Columbia Greenway Rail Trail, the Town of Southampton’s Greenway Committee, and the Plainville Greenway Alliance) for food and discussion about the present status of the Farmington Canal Greenway Trail (as . . .
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planning meeting for the Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways

The Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways will be having a planning meeting on Wednesday, February 26th from 7:00-8:30pm at the office of Craig Della Penna (Murphy’s Realty) at 7 Main Street in Florence. All are welcomed to partake of some food and drink, hear updates about what’s planned for the trails, and determine what . . .
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Encouraging news on the Mass Central Rail Trail from Northampton to Boston

Here’s some encouraging news for the Mass Central Rail Trail between Northampton and Boston:

http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x915452822/Long-planned-rail-trail-taking-shape. Some excerpts:

Years in the making, a 23-mile section of a proposed multi-use recreation path stretching from Northampton to Boston is inching closer to reality. But there’s still no official timetable yet for the Wayside Branch of the Mass Central . . .
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Valley Gives Day on Thursday, December 12th

TOMORROW IS VALLEY GIVES DAY! Join in Supporting the Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways

Again this year we are joining with other non-profits in the Pioneer Valley for Valley Gives, a 24-hour celebration of giving taking place tomorrow, December 12. Check out our Valley Gives page at http://www.razoo.com/story/Friends-Of-Northampton-Trails-And-Greenways. Not able to participate tomorrow? Make . . .
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new stylized map of Rail Trails of Northampton and Easthampton

The wonderful folks at Transit Authority Figures have done it again. They write:

I was riding my bike last week on the Northampton rail trail, bemoaning the fact that my house isn’t a couple hundred yards closer to an access point. Then I got thinking how those access points are like subway stations. Which further . . .
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Mill River Greenway in Williamsburg news

The Williamsburg Mill River Greenway Committee is pleased to provide you with a link to our recently-completed report on the feasibility of establishing a Greenway along the Mill River between Haydenville and Williamsburg centers.

The report provides a thorough, thoughtful evaluation of the many variables in creating a Greenway, including the technical, environmental, financial, . . .
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