Update: At its May4, 2011 meeting, the Northampton Community Preservation Committee, CPC, voted to award to the “Northampton DPW and Leeds Civic Association: $35,000 toward an engineering feasibility study to options for restoration of the Leeds Hotel Bridge.” [From a May 19 email from the CPC, “Round 1 CPA 2011 Funding Recommendations]
The bridge has been closed to vehicle traffic for some years, but still is used by pedestrians and cyclists. I use it all the time to get to some of my favorite cycling routes through Leeds, Westhampton, Williamsburg, Easthampton, and for swimming at Northampton’s Musante Beach. In the warmer months, I see people fishing off the bridge, and the sound of the water rushing over the falls always make me relax.
There is a proposal before the Northampton Community Preservation Act Committee to use funds to preserve the bridge. [See Update above.]
On Sunday, May 15, you can help by participating in rides designed to raise funds to save the bridge sponsored by the Leeds Civic Association. This is the second annual ride, and there are activities for children as well.
This location is really the start to beautiful riding. Go find a new route and help raise some money for this important piece of Northampton history.
[My original post had the incorrect date. The correct date is now in the text.]