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.

E-mail us: fntg@fntg.net

Planning meeting: what’s next for the trails?

There will be a Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways planning meeting on Wednesday, July 24th at 7:00pm at Murphy’s Realty at 7 Main Street in Florence. Kudos to Craig Della Penna for offering to host. Please join us to hear updates on the developments of the trails in the area as well as plan . . .
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Fundraising to purchase a critical easement

We are very excited about the developments on the Leeds Rail Trail and the potential of purchasing an easement to allow a connection to South Main Street in Haydenville (near Leeds and the Northampton Town Line). The City of Northampton and the Office of Sustainability and Planning has made great strides in the past few . . .
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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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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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Annual business meeting set for Tuesday, July 19th

The Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways Annual Business Meeting will be taking place on Tuesday, July 19th at 7:00pm at the Pedal to Properties office (14 Strong Avenue, Northampton). Agenda items include officer elections, updates on the printing of the map and brochure, as well as brainstorming of events for the fall and next . . .
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Future of the trails talk on Monday, April 25th

Come join us for Wayne Feiden’s talk on April 25th entitled “the Future of Northampton trails and greenways”. . . .
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Help save the Hotel bridge in Leeds

Please consider heading to the CPA to express your thoughts about preservation of the Hotel bridge in Leeds.

George Kohout writes:

Hello friends of the Hotel Bridge,

Just to echo Alice B’s earlier request …

If any of you have time this Weds night we sure could use your brief, personal testimony on the importance . . .
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Springtime on the trails

Forget the April Fools Day snow outside – I know it is spring because activity is warming up along our our community rail-trails!

1) FNTG is seeking nominations for its fourth annual “Trail Neighbor Award”. The Trail Neighbor Award recognizes individuals or groups for outstanding care or development of our community’s local trails. This is . . .
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second public forum on the draft Northampton Open Space, Recreation and Multi-use Trail Plan

Wayne Feiden writes:

The second public forum on the draft Northampton Open Space, Recreation, and Multi-use Trail Plan: 2011-2017 will be held this coming Thursday September 23rd at 7:00 PM in the basement of the Unitarian Church next to City Hall.

The first public forum was held on Tuesday. We wanted to make sure that . . .
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video of Open Space Plan presentation

Kudos to the North Street neighborhood association for working to make the video of Wayne Feiden’s presentation of the Open Space plan available online (click here http://northassoc.org/2010/09/15/wayne-feiden-presents-draft-2011-2017-open-space-plan.aspx to watch). Wayne Feiden, Director of Northampton’s Office of Planning and Development, presented highlights from a draft of the 2011-2017 Open Space, Recreation & Multi-Use Trail Plan to . . .
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