We are pleased to announce that Wayne Feiden, Director of the Office of Planning and Development for the City of Northampton, will be our speaker at the spring lecture on Monday April 25th at 7:00pm at the Northampton Friends Meetinghouse (43 Center Street, 2nd floor). Wayne’s talk will discuss “the Future of Northampton trails and greenways”. Wayne and many others within the city government have been working to create a spine of trails and greenways that connect to a wider system of linear paths. Through the creative use of mapping software and images, he will lead a virtual tour of the trail network, from Williamsburg to Hadley and Hatfield to Southampton.
Wayne will also discuss the ongoing effort to bring Amtrak back to Northampton (ideally by 2013: seehttp://www.valleyadvocate.com/article.cfm?aid=11302), as well as update everyone on a joint project with MassBike and FNTG to install a set of kiosks with maps and information about the trails. While locations for the kiosks hasn’t been finalized, there are plans to include them in highly trafficked areas to help orient those new to the network.
Wayne recently received a national award for his efforts around the development of our rail trail network. As recipient of the State Trail Advocacy Award for Massachusetts, he was singled out as an individual who has successfully influenced public policy relating to trail planning, trail protection, trail development, or maintenance. While many people have been working on these projects, with many key partners, none would have been possible without Wayne’s unflagging leadership and vision. We hope that you can join us on April 25th for what promises to be an interesting and informative evening.