I’m writing to encourage you to consider helping the local trails in some capacity over the coming months. We founded the Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways in 2006 to support the growing trail network, and partner with like-minded organizations (City of Northampton, Friends of the Manhan Rail Trail, MassBike, Help Yourself, Broad Brook Coalition, Grow Food Northampton, among others) to improve the pathways and greenspaces in our area.
There’s lots to be excited about, including the construction for the tunnel under the railroad paralleling King Street, new on-ramps and spurs to build out the trail, and the expansion of plowing (which allowed people to walk and bike through the core network this winter. The photo and video contest was a great success, with a number of creative and beautiful entries. Our winter appeal raised $5,000 for City of Northampton trail design, construction and maintenance. And we’re close to completing (with our partners in Easthampton) a new trail map and brochure.
But there’s more to be done, and we can’t do it without you. There are a number of volunteer opportunities (some one-time, some continuing) which will help us to improve the trails and build on this prior work.
Spring trail cleanup coordinator (we provide contacts and a detailed list of what needs doing)
Spring trail cleanup captains (one-shot: help to organize volunteers at a particular location)
Newsletter editor (twice a year publication to alert people to news and happenings)
Newsletter contributor (one-shot: contribute an article to the newsletter)
Secretary (attend occasional planning meetings, take notes)
Communications coordinator (post items regularly for the website, mailing list, and Facebook group)
Organize a tour (one-shot: we can help find experts to talk)
Arts event (help to plan an “Arts on the Trail” event)
If you are interested in any of these positions or opportunities, have questions, or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact one of the officers:
Nicholas Horton (President)
Sean Kinlin (Vice-President)
Mary Jo Stanley (Treasurer)
We really can’t do it without you.
See you on the trails!