The development of the rail trail link from Northampton to Hatfield along the Connecticut River just got a boast from a Massachusetts state grant. While the grant was not specifically for the rail trail, it is for a development project which could aid the rail trail project.
The state is about to announce a $100,000 grant that will help kick-start a $4.67 million project to create a boathouse on the Connecticut River in Northampton.
This boathouse is part of Northampton’s Open Space and Recreation Plan for 2011-2017. The Open Space plan includes the boathouse and the rail trail spur from the Norwottuck Rail Trail in Northampton into Hatfield at the same location. Any planning for the boathouse has to take into account the rail trail development. A Northampton Media story describes the boathouse project in detail. I encourage you to click-through to get a better idea of the project.
I think it’s a really exciting development in getting this trail spur completed.