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,

E-mail us: fntg@fntg.net

Celebrate the completion of the Mass Central Rail Trail / Norwottuck renovation

Dear friends and supports of the MCRT – Norwottuck,

DCR and MassDOT are planning to hold a ribbon cutting event to celebrate the completion of the MCRT – Norwottuck Reconstruction Project on August 5, 2015.

Time and details to follow. Please save the date.

More details can be found at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-west/norwottuck-rail-trail.html.

Trail construction (and trail closures) in Leeds)

The MassCentral Rail Trail extension will be beginning in Leeds as some point in the middle of July, 2015. For much of the construction the existing and new section of the trail north of Florence Street/Mulberry Street and Grove Avenue will be closed.

Winners of 2015 Trail Neighbor Award

Kudos to Gaby Immerman and John Sinton of the Mill River Greenway Initiative for their efforts on behalf of the riverways and greenways of our area. John and Gaby are the recipients of the 2015 Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways Trail Neighbor Award, bestowed by Sean Kinlin at today’s Bike Breakfast in Northampton.

These . . .
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reminder of trail cleanup and Tweed Ride on Sunday, May 10th


Although many parts of our trail system are being ably well-cleaned by Trail Adopters, some sections need special help at this time of the year. Come join John Power and others in cleaning the downtown section from King Street to Pleasant Street on

Sunday May . . .
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Sweet Spoken Spring Tweed Ride on Sunday, May 10th

Sweet Spoken bicycle patisserie is organizing a Spring Tweed Ride benefiting FNTG on Sunday, May 10th from Downtown Northampton to Look Park! The perfect way to kick off Bike Week and enjoy Mother’s Day afternoon with your family, we will follow in the tradition of the Tweed Ride—or “Tweed Run”— started in London, England. A . . .
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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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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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