Open Space, Recreation, Rail Trails and Agriculture

Planning and Sustainability supports open space, recreation, agriculture, and multiuse trails and the involvement of the community in all of these areas:
  1. Support city boards and departments in writing and implementing the Open Space, Recreation, and Multiuse Plan (2011-2018).
  2. Preserve open space, conservation, recreation and agricultural land. (See what we have already) and related periodic presentations to City Council.
  3. Support the Agriculture Commission and the Keep Farming planning program to support farming and farmland preservation.
  4. Support the Conservation Commission in creating and managing conservation land.
  5. Support the Parks and Recreation Department and Commission in creating and managing park and recreation opportunities.
  6. Coordinate the development of new Rail and Multiuse Trails, with advice from the Bicycle and Pedestrian Subcommittee.
  7. License, with Conservation Commission approval, farmland in city conservation areas, managing the property based on local needs
Volunteer Release Form required for volunteers doing work on city open space and adopt-a-trail programs.
Land Use Regulations for all Open Spaces Owned and Managed by the Conservation Commission
Making Room for Native Plants and Wilidlife, a guide to Invasive Plants along the Mill River Greenway

Burts Bog-Brookwood Marsh Greenway:  This will be a limited development project, permanently protecting 120 acres as open space, creating five market-rate building lots and three affordable housing lots on 2.5 acres, and providing an eventual link for a multi-use trail from Overlook Drive to the New Haven and Northampton Canal Rail Trail at Route 10/Easthampton Road.  Click HERE for survey of the land and the building lots. One market rate lot remains for sale. Questions: WFeiden@NorthamptonMA.gov.
Approximate project budget: $256,000 state grant, $234,000 community preservation act, $6,000 from community contributions.