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.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Main St. Design Workshop

Tuesday, May 10th
6:00-8:00 PM
City Council Chambers/City Hall
210 Main Street, Northampton
Help the City create a short-term and long-term vision for Downtown’s Main Street! Discussion will include sidewalk, crosswalk, and transit improvements, as well as new landscaping and dedicated space for cycling.

 

Bike Commute Breakfast

Wednesday, May 18th
7:00-10:00 AM
Hampshire County Court House Lawn
Main and King Streets, Northampton
Breakfast provided for all bike commuters, plus award presentations, proclamation from the mayor, cycling info, and more.

 

Public Forum #2

Wednesday, May 18th
6:30-8:00 PM  (Open House 5:30 – 6:30)
First Churches Sanctuary
129 Main Street, Northampton
In March, we received hundreds of comments about conditions for walking and bicycling in Northampton. At the 2nd Forum, the consultant team will present the draft recommendations for new policies, programs, and infrastructure projects designed to improve the environment for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Valley Gives Day is May 3

Save the Date!
Valley Gives Returns on May 3*
Join the Fun and Give to
Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways

*If you will be away on May 3, don’t despair. Any donation made from now on will be recorded as if given on Valley Gives Day.

 

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The Latest News From FVTC in Connecticut

The Farmington Valley Trails Council has recently shared with us information on the link to the south.  Click the links below to view their State of the Trails, the report of a multi-year study of the Northampton to New Haven corridor, and info on trail adoption in CT.

State of the Trails 2016

FVTC Trail Usage Study 2013-15

FVTC Adopt a Trail Package 2016

 

Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan Public Forum

Monday, March 7, all are invited to share their input with the City of Northampton for its Pedestrian and Bicycle Comprehensive Plan.  See flyer below for details.

bike-ped-public-forum

 

FNTG Spring Meeting

 

FNTG Spring Meeting

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Lilly Library, 19 Meadow Street, Florence, MA
6:30 to 9:00 PM

Doors open 6:30.
A short business meeting begins promptly at 7:00,
to be followed by a
Special Recognition Award,
short talks by
Pete Sutton, Bike/Ped Coordinator, Mass DOT
Sean Condon, President, Mass Bike (PV)
and a

Public Lecture by Craig Della Penna
“Tales from the Trails:
Frontline Developments in Massachusetts”

Thanks to Our Founders – Julia and Nick

With the recent change in FNTG’s leadership, the officers want to acknowledge all of the great work done to build this organization by those who are responsible for its existence.  Click below to read the letter published in the January 7 issue of the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Riseman-Horton Gazette letter

 

Many, many thanks to Nick and Julia!

New FNTG Officers and Upcoming Members’ Meeting

NEW YEAR 2016 IS HERE!
and the Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways is pleased to announce that
George Kohout and Craig Della Penna
have been elected as
Co-Presidents
for the term January 1, 2016, to December 31, 2017.
The other officers remain as before:
Sean Kinlin, Vice-President
John Gaustad, Secretary
Mary Jo Stanley, Treasurer

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SPRING IS COMING SOON!
There will be a
FNTG Membership Meeting
at
7:00 PM, Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Lilly Library, Florence
to be followed by a
Public Lecture by Craig Della Penna
“An Update About the Mass Central Trail and Other Regional Trails”
7:30 PM.

SAVE THE DATE!

Fall newsletter and holiday appeal

The fall newsletter of the Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways is now available at http://fntg.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/main_document.pdf.

We are in the midst of our annual holiday appeal. In the past 10 years we’ve provided more than $45,000 to support trail development in Northampton and surrounding communities. Any or all support at this time to continue this progress is greatly appreciated. Please consider joining! Details on how to contribute can be found at: http://fntg.net/?page_id=9.

The future of the trails

Where have we come from over the past ten years? What’s in store for the next ten years?

Ten people met in August for the first ever Advisory Committee for the Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways. The discussion focused primarily on the future of the Trails and Greenways of Northampton, and the specifically, the future of the organization.

The evening started with a reflection of the accomplishments of FNTG over the past ten years since it was founded. There is a lot for FNTG to be proud of: incorporation, construction of new trails throughout the city, regular newsletters, a printed map with over 100,000 in circulation over the years, the development of a more involved Board, regular fundraising, organized trail cleanups in the Spring, greater networking with surrounding neighboring towns, helping the city with letters of support for grants, serving as a fiscal agent to other efforts, and the creation of the Annual Trail Neighbor Awards.

There are also other positive changes that have occurred in the community around the increased use of the trails, creation of additional miles of rail trails throughout Northampton, improvements in the trails and much better signage, winter plowing of many of the trails, greater tourism because of the trails, and an increased amount of community support for the trails. All of which is very positive, if sometimes challenging (such as the greater need for maintenance).

The gathering then reflected on our dreams and wishes for the trails in Northampton over the next ten years. These dreams for the next ten years ranged from the practical, such as better maintenance for the trails, to the whimsical, such as an arts festival.

Finally, we discussed the need to bring in new and additional volunteers to help reach our dreams for the next ten years. Nick Horton announced his intention to step down at Board President at the end of this year, and we discussed the need to start planning for a successor. We brainstormed ideas about the work of FNTG and whom might be willing to get more involved.

Depending on the interest and energies of the future Board of FNTG and volunteers, the organization could grow more active or shrink down its activities. He discussed different models that might work, depending on interest and leadership. Some members volunteered to help spread the word that new volunteers, and new Board members are needed.

We hope that you’ll continue to enjoy our wonderful trail network and consider ways to support the efforts that have gotten us this far.

Summer newsletter available

The summer newsletter is now available (click here). It includes an update from the trails, info about trail development, the Leeds Hotel Bridge, happenings in Southampton, a review of the renovated Norwottuck Rail Trail, the winner of the Trail Neighbor award, and a report on the Sweet Spoken Tweed Ride.