Welcome to the Friends of the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail web pages. We are proud of our efforts to blaze new trails and establish ourselves as a force for change, helping to transform Westfield. As a nonprofit (501C3) educational and charitable organization, we work in partnership with the City of Westfield, local businesses, and other nonprofit agencies to create a bicycle and pedestrian friendly community. We hope you'll join us in our efforts.
Please note our change of venue! Join us at our next meeting Tuesday November 19 at 6:30
Episcopal Church of the Atonement
36 Court St
Friends of Columbia Greenway Seek New Board Members
Visit our Newsroom for Board Position Descriptions
Columbia Greenway Rail Trail interactive map and directions
Phase 2 announced. $2 million state grant will bring trail North into downtown
About the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail
The Columbia Greenway Rail Trail is the name chosen for Westfield’s multi use trail. The Rail Trail is a multi-modal linear park, which follows along a portion of the route of the former New York/New Haven/Hartford Railroad (and one-time Northampton, MA to New Haven, CT canal). Stretching from Southwick, Mass. to the south, to the Great (Westfield) River Bridge to the north, the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail traverses downtown Westfield on a mostly elevated line for a total of 3.2 miles.
The Rail Trail incorporates bridge crossings of all streets in the downtown, with one surface street crossing at Shaker Road. The Trail will tie into the Southwick trail to the south and then become the Farmington Valley Greenway, extending to New Haven, Conn. At a future date, the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail will extend northward from the Westfield River, eventually connecting to communities in Southampton, Easthampton (the Manhan Rail Trail) and Northampton (the Norwottuck Rail Trail).
The first section of the Greenway is complete, connecting Westfield Shaker Road to the Southwick Rail Trail and Farmington Canal Heritage Trail for 30 miles of continuous rail trail.
Phase 1 construction is just over 1 mile from the Southwick town line to 600' short of the Tin Bridge spanning the Little River.
Phase 2 hopes to start work later in 2013, or early 2014. Trail will continue North spanning the Little River (Tin Bridge),
to East Silver St in downtown Westfield, providing access to our downtown friends and businesses.
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