Photos: Rocky Hill Trail opens in Florence

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  • Karen Beyel, left, and Debra Orgera, both of Northampton, take a test ride Tuesday on the newly opened Rocky Hill Trail in Florence. Walking the trail are, from left, Mark Wamsley of the Kestrel Land Trust, Northampton Director of Planning and Sustainability Wayne Feiden and Melissa Cryan, with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Northampton Ward 6 Councilor Marianne LaBarge, left, R.K. Finn Ryan Road School Principal Sarah Madden, RKFRR senior clerk Cheryl Michon and kindergarten teacher Andrea Egitto look over a map of the Rocky Hill Trail. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz addresses about 40 people attending a ribbon cutting for the Rocky Hill Trail on Tuesday. The 9/10ths-mile trail runs north-south between Stone Ridge Drive, near Brookwood Drive, and Burts Pit Road, near Emerson Way, with a short spur connecting west to Overlook Drive. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Northampton Ward 6 Councilor Marianne LaBarge addresses about 40 people attending a ribbon cutting for the Rocky Hill Trail, a new multi-use trail in the Burt's Bog Greenway conservation area in Florence, on Tuesday. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz and Ward 6 Councilor Marianne LaBarge cut the ribbon for Rocky Hill Trail. George Kohout, right, President of Friends of Northampton Trails, holds one end of the ribbon. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Melissa Cryan and Mark Wamsley, foreground left and right, walk the Rocky Hill Trail after taking part in a ribbon cutting for the new multi-use trail. Cryan is a grant writer with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and Wamsley is a conservation and stewardship manager for the Kestrel Land Trust. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • R.K. Finn Ryan Road School senior clerk Cheryl Michon, left, Principal Sarah Madden and kindergarten teacher Michelle Smiarowski walk the new Rocky Hill Trail after a ribbon cutting for the multi-use trail on Tuesday. The trail connects the Brookwood Drive neighborhood off of Florence Road with the Overlook Drive neighborhood behind the elementary school. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Debra Orgera of Northampton walks her bike down to Stone Ridge Drive in Florence after taking a test ride on the newly opened Rocky Hill Trail. The 9/10ths-mile trail runs between Stone Ridge Drive, near Brookwood Drive, and Burts Pit Road, near Emerson Way. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • The new Rocky Hill Trail (shown in blue), a 9/10ths-mile multi-use trail in the Burt's Bog Greenway conservation area in Florence, runs north-south between Stone Ridge Drive, near Brookwood Drive, and Burts Pit Road, near Emerson Way, with a short spur connecting west to Overlook Drive in the neighborhood behind R.K. Finn Ryan Road School. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Mark Wamsley, Conservation and Stewardship Manager for the Kestrel Land Trust, addresses about 40 people attending the ribbon cutting for the Rocky Hill Trail in the Burt's Bog Greenway conservation area in Florence on Tuesday. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Wayne Feiden, Director of Planning and Sustainability for Northampton, addresses about 40 people attending a ribbon cutting for the new multi-use Rocky Hill Trail in Florence on Tuesday. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Northampton Ward 6 Councilor Marianne LaBarge addresses about 40 people attending a ribbon cutting for the Rocky Hill Trail in the Burt's Bog Greenway conservation area in Florence on Tuesday. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

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Published: 11/7/2019 8:15:57 AM
Modified: 11/7/2019 8:15:47 AM

FLORENCE – Officials from a collaboration of city, state, private and nonprofit entities held a ribbon cutting for Northampton's newest multi-use trail on Tuesday. In his remarks to the 40 or so in attendance, Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz noted that the Rocky Hill Trail is the first of its kind in the city in that it does not follow the line of any former railroad bed. Not a rail trail so much as a "cross country" trail, as he coined it. The nearly mile-long paved path winds through the Burt's Bog Greenway Conservation Area from Stone Ridge Drive in the north to Burts Pit Road in the south. A short spur connecting westward to Overlook Drive means that students and families of the Brookwood Drive, Florence Road and Burts Pit Road neighborhoods now have a safer route to walk or bike to R.K. Finn Ryan Road School. 

Kevin Gutting can be reached at kgutting@gazettenet.com.



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