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.

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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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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Ways to help build the trails

I’m writing to encourage you to consider helping the local trails in some capacity over the coming months. We founded the Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways in 2006 to support the growing trail network, and partner with like-minded organizations (City of Northampton, Friends of the Manhan Rail Trail, MassBike, Help Yourself, Broad Brook Coalition, . . .
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Plowing of an additional part of the Northampton Rail Trail

I’m very pleased to report that the City of Northampton, Northampton Business Improvement District, and Smith College have agreed to collaborate to clear snow from the new section of the Northampton Rail Trail. The following press release provides the details. Kudos to the Mayor, the Business Improvement District, Smith College and Hilary Caws-Elwitt and others . . .
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come join us for a planning meeting (Wed 4/25)

Please come join us on Wednesday, April 25th at 7:00pm for a planning committee (and newsletter mailing party!) for the Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways. We’ll have updates on projects and plans for the future (including trail expansion updates, info on the Photo and Video contest, and upcoming tours), as well as some refreshments . . .
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Come join the trail cleanup on Saturday, April 14th

Come join us and enjoy Spring, community, and the satisfaction of doing good for the environment and our city. The annual rail-trail clean-up is an enjoyable way to contribute a few hours of your time.

When: April 14th (Rain Date: April 15), 9:00am to noon

Meet at any of the following locations to pick . . .
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discussion of maintenance issues on the trail

You are invited to join us to brainstorm how to help keep the trails beautiful and accessible for everyone. The first-ever meeting of the ad-hoc Volunteer Trail Maintenance group is on: Wednesday, October 26th at 7 pm at Trailside Realty, 14 Strong Avenue, Northampton.

At this meeting we’ll plan the dates for the fifth annual . . .
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Trail maintenance on July 30th in Mineral Hills seeks volunteers

The Friends of Mineral Hills Conservation Area is organizing a trail-building day July 30, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Volunteers are asked to meet in the parking area for the Mineral Hills area, located on Sylvester Road about a quarter mile north of its intersection with West Farms, Turkey Hill, Ryan and Sylvester roads.

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Smith College awarded trail neighbor award

The Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways selected Smith College as the recipient of our Trail Neighbor award for 2011. This distinction is given annually to an individual, family, or organization that works on behalf of the Northampton rail trail network. . . .
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Bike Week festivities, Ribbon-cutting, New map and brochure plus newsletter

Just in time for Bike Week (see here for a complete listing), we’ve made our new map and brochure as well as summer newsletter available (click here to download).

There’s lots happening this week. Wednesday, May 18th is the Northampton Bike Breakfast, on the courthouse lawn. Smith College will be receiving our trail neighbor award . . .
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