Northampton, MA is holding a hearing on the waterfront park along the Connecticut River. The plan for the park is to build a rail trail extension to it, and on into Hatfield.
Wayne Feiden, Director of Planning and Development, has given notice of the hearing by the Planning Board:
The Planning Board will be holding a public hearing on a Site Plan request filed by the City for approval of the Connecticut River Greenway at the current Lane Construction property off Damon Road. The hearing will be held at 8:00 PM on Thursday September 13, 2012.
[Wayne’s message continues after the jump.]
This is for the riverfront park, which will include a small section of the ultimate multi-use trail from Damon Road to Elm Court in Hatfield. This particular section is from the New Haven and Northampton Canal, through a property to be redeveloped into a boat house and a business park, up to the railroad tracks and then north along the tracks for 200 feet. It is a very short section, but given the planned boat access to the Connecticut River, it is arguably the heart and the key anchor of that trail.[emphasis added]
This trail is part of the Northampton Open Space Recreation plan for the next several years. I wrote about the plan when it was released last year in We’re Gonna Get Better. That post has a link to the plan and points out some of the highlights which are coming, including many new rail trail access spurs.