Please join us at our next meeting Tuesday September 15, at 6:30
Rinnova Building 105 Elm St
We schedule no meetings during the summer, please feel free to eMail us
Save the Date! Fourth Annual Golf Tournament & Clambake
Saturday August 29, 2015
Shaker Farms Country Club
Interpretive Trail Signage - 8 Westfield History panels to be installed on trail
Central Section Phase 1 South (E Silver St to Main St)
Work continues, breakthrough on the berm! Box tunnel now in place under trail.
Construction Images - Updated July 21, 2015
Westfield River Levee project
Expected to go out to bid soon, work in 2015/2016
Northern Section (Rehabilitation of Trestle over Westfield River)
Bids expected by end of year with project completion in 2016
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.
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