The Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways selected Smith College as the recipient of our Trail Neighbor award for 2011. This distinction is given annually to an individual, family, or organization that works on behalf of the Northampton rail trail network.
Smith College was honored for the multiple ways that it supports the trails, most notably
• Funding the new crosswalks and bike lanes on Elm Street (just repainted this week),
• Providing pro-bono assistance with the creation of the maps for our new brochure,
• Supporting the Bike Kitchen project,
• Creating multiple opportunities or interns working at the Office of Planning and Development,
• Formalizing the existing trail right of way from Prince Street/Route 66 to Olander Dr/Northampton State Hospital, and
• Investigating the feasibility of creating a spur off the trail to connect to South Street via Hebert Avenue as part of an Engineering design clinic project.
These efforts, in addition to sustainability initiatives at the College, are helping to make a better community for us all.
There are many ways that people in our community and institutions support this the growing trail network in Northampton, and this award lets us publicly recognize those who have played a part. Past recipients include the residents of Six–Eight High Street in Florence, Craig and Kathy Della Penna, and the City of Northampton Department of Public Works.