[This is a post I put together some time ago but failed to actually publish.]
Those Norwottuck Rail Trail sections in Northampton, MA are really coming togehter!
Via Nick Horton of Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways and the MassBike Pioneer Valley Chapter, comes news from Northampton Director of Planning and Development Wayne Feiden of new rail trail spurs connecting more city neighborhoods to the main trail.
I am happy to announce two closings on the Manhan/Hospital Hill Rail Spur, the final closing being today.1. Courtesy of Smith College (thank you very much Smith for this extremely generous donation) we closed today on a right-of-way for the multi-use trail from West Street up to the top of Hospital Hill, adjacent to the Smith College sledding hill.2. Courtesy of Mass Development (thank you very much Mass Development) we closed a week or so ago on a right-of-way from the trail from the top of Hospital Hill to Olander Drive.Thank yous are especially due to the two City Councilors whose ward these trails run though, Councilor Pamela Schwartz and Councilor Paul Spector.
Enjoy the riding.—Wayne Feiden, FAICPDirector of Planning and DevelopmentCity of Northampton
These rail trail spurs are mentioned in the city’s Open Space Recreation & Multi-Use plan (beginning at p. 161), and connect some of the newest city neighborhoods. Let’s hope the residents and businesses there get out and ride them!