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:
- Support city boards and departments in writing and implementing the Open Space, Recreation, and Multiuse Plan (2011-2018) (PDF).
- Preserve open space, conservation, recreation and agricultural land. (See what we have already) and related periodic presentations to City Council (PDF).
- Support the Agriculture Commission and the Keep Farming planning program to support farming and farmland preservation.
- Support the Conservation Commission in creating and managing conservation land.
- Support the Parks and Recreation Department and Commission in creating and managing park and recreation opportunities.
- Coordinate the development of new Rail and Multiuse Trails, with advice from the Bicycle and Pedestrian Subcommittee.
- 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 (PDF) 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. Download a survey of the land and the building lots (PDF). 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.