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Please join us at our next meeting Tuesday November 18, at 6:30

Episcopal Church of the Atonement - 36 Court St 

BREAKING NEWS: Earlier this evening...the City Council, acting on a request from Mayor Knapik for immediate consideration, approved acceptance of a $2 million grant from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. In so doing, this paves the way forward for continued construction of the Columbia Greenway. The next phase will include construction of a bridge over East Silver Street, and continuation of the Trail to Main Street/Stop & Shop, as well as development of portions of the Westfield River levee. Great news for Westfield today!

Southern Section Phase II is complete!

Columbia Rail Trail to receive $2 million Gateway Communities grant for Central Section Phase 1

Columbia Greenway Rail Trail Interactive Map and Directions

About the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail  

Southern section Phase 1 construction began in March 2012, and was dedicated October 12, 2012

Southern section Phase II construction began in March 2014, and was dedicated October 10, 2014

Central section Phase I south expected to begin early in 2015, completion by June 30th, 2015

Northern section over the Westfield River is currently scheduled for 2016
 


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.

    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. 


You can find us on Facebook   Friends of the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail

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Meetings

We welcome you to join us at our regularly scheduled meetings.

FOCGRT meets the third Tuesday of the month, 6:30 PM at the Episcopal Church of the Atonement, 36 Court St, Westfield
No meetings scheduled in July and August.
Contact

E-Mail:  columbiagreenway@gmail.com

Mail:   FOCGRT
          PO Box 595
          Westfield, MA 01086-0595         
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