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Please join us for our next meeting 
Tuesday May 17th at the Westfield Athenaeum
We will have a Friends Meet N Greet at 5:30 to 6:30, meeting to follow at 6:30

Check out all our great Bike Week Events!  Starts this Sunday May 15th!

Please Join us to Celebrate the installation of four historical markers - Monday May 16th at 11:00am
Shaker Rd Kiosk

Join us for the 5th annual Friends of the Columbia Greenway Golf Tournament!
Saturday, June 18th, 2016
Shaker Farms Country Club

Memorial Bricks are now available for purchase, and will be installed June 2016 in the Westfield River Levee Project Esplanade
Brick campaign is in full swing, and the brick pavilion is on schedule for spring installation   

Download Order form here 

Please contact for more info, or you may send the completed form to our Brick Campaign eMail address.  Postal mailing instructions are included as well.

Westfield River Levee project
Work continues, expected completion in early 2016

 Northern Section (Rehabilitation of Trestle over Westfield River)
On schedule for 2016 completion

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 continues, completion by October, 2015

Northern section over the Westfield River is currently scheduled for 2016

Central section to connect both ends of trail scheduled to go out to bid 2017

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.



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

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

FOCGRT meets the third Tuesday of the month, 6:30 PM at the Rinnova Building 105 Elm St, Westfield
No meetings scheduled in July and August.


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