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.

Updated maps of the trail network

The wonderful map-makers at the Smith College Spatial Analysis Lab have once again done their magic, with updated rail trail maps of Northampton and Easthampton. We’re hoping to reprint our map and brochure in the coming months, and would welcome any feedback or suggestions (deadline March 15, 2015).

The maps can be found here.

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Growing the Multi-Use Trail Network – The projects, the plans, and the region

March 10, 7:00 pm: EVENING TALK (GROWING OUR TRAIL NETWORK) Northampton Friends Meetinghouse, 43 Center Street

We’d encourage you to save the date for an evening lecture on Tuesday, March 10th at 7:00pm that Wayne Feiden will be presenting. Wayne is Director of the City’s Office of Planning and Sustainability his talk is entitled “Growing . . .
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Planning meeting: all welcomed

We’ll be hosting a planning meeting on Monday, March 2nd at 7:30pm at 341 Prospect Street, Northampton. We’d encourage you to join us as we plan for the spring and beyond. Tentative agenda items include reprinting our map and brochure, establishing an advisory committee, organizing a spring trail cleanup, approving the transfer of funds from . . .
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Updates and holiday appeal

As I write this, Amtrak is preparing to return to Northampton after too long of an absence. I can’t wait to take the train to Vermont or New York when it restarts once per day service from Northampton on December 29th. This change is a culmination of a long-overdue upgrade of the tracks and facilities, . . .
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Adopt a trail in full swing

The City of Northampton has created an Adopt-a-Trail program for all City rail trails. Volunteers, individuals or groups, are responsible for a short segment of the trails and engage in simple tasks such as litter cleanup and cutting brush behind guard rails, items that the Department of Public Works cannot do as often as is . . .
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Return of Amtrak (and the dangers of crossing the tracks)

Seven days from today, on December 29, 2014, Amtrak service returns to Northampton, with one trip daily north and one south. This is welcome news, but with it come concerns about safety. The passenger trains will move much faster than the slow freight trains we have experienced in the past. Furthermore, the new welded rails . . .
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Trail extensions

The City has recently received grants from the National Park Service and the Northampton Community Preservation Committee to design and construct an extension of the MassCentral Rail-Trail one-third of a mile northerly from the Grove Avenue access in Leeds to a point about halfway to the Williamsburg line.

On Monday October 6th, about 40 members . . .
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Mill River Greenway tours

Did you know that since 1666 there has been a dam below what is now Paradise Pond, installed a mere 12 years after Northampton’s founding in 1654? Or that Native Americans cultivated the land which is now the Smith College soccer field, land now covered with fake grass? Or that you can see remnants of . . .
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Trail Neighbor Award to James Lowenthal

Anyone who is the least interested or involved in the cycling scene in the Valley has probably gotten an e-mail at some point from James Lowenthal.

As the president of the Pioneer Valley chapter of the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) for the last several years, James is constantly gathering and disseminating information on important . . .
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Southington Plainville Farm Canal Greenway study

Information about the Southington Plainville Farm Canal Greenway study can be found at the following link: http://www.fvgreenway.org/pdfs/Southington-Plainville-Farm-Canal-Greenway-Study.pdf.

This is a great opportunity to help build the trails in Connecticut (and beyond)