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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.

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 . . .
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Route 10 bridge installed

Today’s Gazette features a great article by Bob Flaherty on the installation of the new Route 10 bridge connecting Northampton and Easthampton. Read about it at http://www.gazettenet.com/2010/09/27/new-bridge-connects-rail-trails-easthampton-and-northampton

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 . . .
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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 . . .
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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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Every seven years

Dear FNTG Supporters,

Every seven years the City of Northampton creates a detailed plan for how it will acquire and manage conservations and recreation land around the city for the public good. Tuesday will be our opportunity to hear about the new plans being proposed for the next seven years and we will be invited . . .
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Jackson Street off-ramp ribbon-cutting

Wayne Feiden writes:

The state has announced the ribbon cutting for the Jackson Street Safe Routes to school project, which includes the traffic calming, sidewalk widening, and rail trail access ramp.

It is this coming Monday 9/13 at 11:30 AM.

I hope you can all come. This has been a great project and deserving of . . .
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Farmington CT to Southwick, MA rail trail excursion

blazer8696 has put together a 28.1 mile rail trail excursion from Farmington CT to Southwick MA on EveryTrail.com. This is a rail trail along the mainline built by the New Haven & Northampton. The portion shown is the northern section from Farmington, CT to Southwick, MA.

In CT it’s called the Farmington Valley Greenway. In . . .
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Rail trails offer respite

Mark Conti Cycling writes in the Sunday, September 5th Worcester Telegram:

Pedaling along a paved rail trail offers cyclists a chance to escape the hazards of riding in traffic and enjoy gentle terrain. …

Read more at http://www.telegram.com/article/20100905/COLUMN31/9050618/1009/SPORTS