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

New FNTG Officers and Upcoming Members’ Meeting

NEW YEAR 2016 IS HERE! and the Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways is pleased to announce that George Kohout and Craig Della Penna have been elected as Co-Presidents for the term January 1, 2016, to December 31, 2017. The other officers remain as before: Sean Kinlin, Vice-President John Gaustad, Secretary Mary Jo Stanley, Treasurer

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Fall newsletter and holiday appeal

The fall newsletter of the Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways is now available at http://fntg.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/main_document.pdf.

We are in the midst of our annual holiday appeal. In the past 10 years we’ve provided more than $45,000 to support trail development in Northampton and surrounding communities. Any or all support at this time to continue . . .
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The future of the trails

Where have we come from over the past ten years? What’s in store for the next ten years?

Ten people met in August for the first ever Advisory Committee for the Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways. The discussion focused primarily on the future of the Trails and Greenways of Northampton, and the specifically, the . . .
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Summer newsletter available

The summer newsletter is now available (click here). It includes an update from the trails, info about trail development, the Leeds Hotel Bridge, happenings in Southampton, a review of the renovated Norwottuck Rail Trail, the winner of the Trail Neighbor award, and a report on the Sweet Spoken Tweed Ride.

Celebrate the completion of the Mass Central Rail Trail / Norwottuck renovation

Dear friends and supports of the MCRT – Norwottuck,

DCR and MassDOT are planning to hold a ribbon cutting event to celebrate the completion of the MCRT – Norwottuck Reconstruction Project on August 5, 2015.

Time and details to follow. Please save the date.

More details can be found at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-west/norwottuck-rail-trail.html.

Trail construction (and trail closures) in Leeds)

The MassCentral Rail Trail extension will be beginning in Leeds as some point in the middle of July, 2015. For much of the construction the existing and new section of the trail north of Florence Street/Mulberry Street and Grove Avenue will be closed.

Winners of 2015 Trail Neighbor Award

Kudos to Gaby Immerman and John Sinton of the Mill River Greenway Initiative for their efforts on behalf of the riverways and greenways of our area. John and Gaby are the recipients of the 2015 Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways Trail Neighbor Award, bestowed by Sean Kinlin at today’s Bike Breakfast in Northampton.

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reminder of trail cleanup and Tweed Ride on Sunday, May 10th

NORTHAMPTON BIKE PATH SPRING CLEANING We need your help!

Although many parts of our trail system are being ably well-cleaned by Trail Adopters, some sections need special help at this time of the year. Come join John Power and others in cleaning the downtown section from King Street to Pleasant Street on

Sunday May . . .
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Sweet Spoken Spring Tweed Ride on Sunday, May 10th

Sweet Spoken bicycle patisserie is organizing a Spring Tweed Ride benefiting FNTG on Sunday, May 10th from Downtown Northampton to Look Park! The perfect way to kick off Bike Week and enjoy Mother’s Day afternoon with your family, we will follow in the tradition of the Tweed Ride—or “Tweed Run”— started in London, England. A . . .
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Updated maps of the trail network

The wonderful map-makers at the Smith College Spatial Analysis Lab have once again done their magic, with updated rail trail maps of Northampton and Easthampton. We’re hoping to reprint our map and brochure in the coming months, and would welcome any feedback or suggestions (deadline March 15, 2015).

The maps can be found here.

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