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

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)

Photos from “green spike” ribbon cutting events

The Gazette published a slide show from Sunday’s ribbon cutting festivities (golden spike): http://gazettenet.com/2011/05/24/slide-show-scenes-of-rail-trail09s-09golden-spike09-moment

Kudos to everyone (in particular Juliane Casey and the Friends of the Manhan Rail Trail) for pulling off this great set of events.

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 . . .
→ Read More: Bike Week festivities, Ribbon-cutting, New map and brochure plus newsletter

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”. . . .
→ Read More: Future of the trails talk on Monday, April 25th

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 . . .
→ Read More: Springtime on the trails

bevy of correspondence in today’s Gazette

Check it out: Today’s Weekend Gazette features a full page (A7) of letters to the Editor and a guest Column in support of our communities improvements to the bike trail network. These letters are written in response to recent weeks of letters to the Editor criticizing the construction the new bike bridge over Route 10. . . .
→ Read More: bevy of correspondence in today’s Gazette

Video of bridge installation

Here’s an extract from Fuzzy’s latest work-in-progress (“Connecting Easthampton and Northampton”), which documents the installation of the huge bridge over Route 10, yesterday, which finally connects the Easthampton Manham Rail Trail with NoHo’s bike trail so that bikers (and pedestrians and skateboarders, etc.) can travel safely between the two towns, at long last. Click here . . .
→ Read More: Video of bridge installation

new Manhan Trail bridge (redux)

Wayne Feiden writes:

I apologize if you get this more than once. Many people have asked to be notified of the Route 10/Easthampton Road installation schedule, so I am sending this to multiple email lists.

After a delay, all three bridge sections necessary for the Manhan Rail Trail bridge across Route 10/Easthampton Road have . . .
→ Read More: new Manhan Trail bridge (redux)

change in date for Route 10 Northampton to Easthampton bridge installation

On Sep 18, 2010, at 11:28 AM, Wayne Feiden wrote:

I wanted to let you know that the Route 10 Bridge installation is going to be delayed for a few days. Two of the bridge segments are here but the third truck got delayed in Pennsylvania and wouldn’t arrive until Monday or Tuesday.

I will . . .
→ Read More: change in date for Route 10 Northampton to Easthampton bridge installation