Please join us for our next meeting
Tuesday October 18th at 6:30 at the Rinnova Building 105 Elm St Westfield
Thanks to all who contributed to our 2016 Memorial Brick Campaign
We received 33 brick orders, they have been engraved and we will be installing soon in the brick patio on the Westfield River Levee walk
Please excuse our lack of website updates
We are hard at work on our new website and will re-open applications for Memorial Bricks for 2017!
Memorial Brick patio Westfield River Levee
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 construction completed, dedicated October, 2015
Northern section over the Westfield River is scheduled to begin in 2016
Central section to connect both ends of trail scheduled to go out to bid 2019
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(s) of the Greenway are complete to Main St Westfield, connecting the Southwick Rail Trail and Farmington Canal Heritage Trail for 30 miles of continuous rail trail.
Phase 1 construction was just over 1 mile from the Southwick town line to 600' short of the Tin Bridge spanning the Little River.
Phase 2 connected Phase 1, extending to E Silver St. Work was completed in 2014.
Phase 3 (Central section South) completed October 2015, providing pedestrian access to our downtown friends and businesses.
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