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.

Updates on Northampton Trail Underpass

The website Trains in the Valley has posted updated information regarding the trail underpass that will be built under the railroad track near King Street in Northampton. A bid has been chosen and construction is to begin later this year, with project completion sometime in 2017.

Details and images can be found here.

 

Thanks . . .
→ Read More: Updates on Northampton Trail Underpass

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 . . .
→ Read More: The Latest News From FVTC in Connecticut

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 . . .
→ Read More: Growing the Multi-Use Trail Network – The projects, the plans, and the region

Walking Workshop in Leeds: Monday, October 6th (4:30pm)

Public Notice Walking Workshop: Mass Central Trail Extension

4:30 PM Monday October 6th Northern End of Grove Avenue, Leeds

The City has received a grant to: 1. Repair drainage problems on the Grove Ave. rail trail access. 2. Extend the MassCentral Rail Trail northerly 1/3± mile. 3. Address some non-native invasive plants in this area. . . .
→ Read More: Walking Workshop in Leeds: Monday, October 6th (4:30pm)

Temporary trail closures in Easthampton

Our friends from the Manhan Rail Trail in Easthampton write:

Due to infrastructure work related to the Pleasant Street Mills grant project, sections of the Manhan Rail Trail are now CLOSED – some parts until the end of June, 2014. Please reference the attached map, which shows the affected section of the path, suggested detours . . .
→ Read More: Temporary trail closures in Easthampton

The Trail from Northampton to New Haven (Wednesday May 7, 6:30-8:30pm)

Come to the Tandem Bagel Company on Railroad Street in Easthampton to meet with other trail groups (Friends of the Manhan Trail, Friends of Westfield’s Columbia Greenway Rail Trail, the Town of Southampton’s Greenway Committee, and the Plainville Greenway Alliance) for food and discussion about the present status of the Farmington Canal Greenway Trail (as . . .
→ Read More: The Trail from Northampton to New Haven (Wednesday May 7, 6:30-8:30pm)

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 . . .
→ Read More: Fundraising to purchase a critical easement

Connecting Haydenville and Williamsburg

The Williamsburg Mill River Greenway Committee is preparing a report on the feasibility of a multipurpose pathway between Haydenville and Williamsburg centers roughly following the course of the Mill River. They have scheduled a community forum to seek input.

Would you like to see our village centers more connected? Last time we asked, we heard . . .
→ Read More: Connecting Haydenville and Williamsburg

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 . . .
→ Read More: Plowing of an additional part of the Northampton Rail Trail

public hearing on Norwottuck Rail Trail reconstruction project on September 5th

A Design Public Hearing will be held by MassDOT to discuss the proposed Norwottuck Rail Trail Bicycle and Pedestrian Path project in Amherst, Hadley and Northampton, MA.

WHERE: Hadley Elementary School Cafeteria 21 River Drive Hadley, MA 01035

WHEN: Wednesday September 5, 2012 at 7:00 P.M.

Project#: 605065

The purpose of this hearing is to . . .
→ Read More: public hearing on Norwottuck Rail Trail reconstruction project on September 5th