|Melissa O'Brien||Vice Chair|
The South Hadley Bike/Walk Committee was first formed as a working group of the Sustainability and Energy Commission. In September 2015, the Committee was formally appointed as an advisory group to the Selectboard. Our goals include the development of bike/walk routes throughout our community and a safe connection between the Center and the Falls. We work with the Selectboard, Conservation Commission and other local groups, and connect with similar groups in our area and across the state. The Committee is currently helping to support the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission's effort to develop a bike/walk master plan for South Hadley.
The Bike/Walk Committee normally meets at 7:00pm on the third Wednesday of the month at the South Hadley Public Library. The public is invited to attend these meetings.
Community Conversation on Nature Trail Development Plans for Toth Property
The Bike-Walk Committee (BWC) is very pleased to be spearheading initial recommendations for possible nature trail development on the town-owned Toth Property. This is in keeping with South Hadley's Master Bike-Ped Plan that was completed last year.
We greatly welcome your input and support and invite you join us on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 7:00pm in the South Hadley Town Auditorium. Light refreshments will be served.
The Toth Property is a roughly 21-acre piece of Town-bought land that is situated between Mosier Elementary School on Mosier Street and Newton Manor on Route 116/Newton Street. It's currently overgrown and has been deemed unfeasible for commercial development for a number of reasons.
BWC believes the land would afford all Town residents an excellent opportunity to walk and bike on nature trails that would be carefully developed to not impact wildlife and the surrounding residents who live nearby. We've already begun a community conversation with neighbors and are very appreciative of their comments. Our June 21 meeting continues that conversation in a larger forum to discuss ideas and challenges to turn this town-owned property into a better use for exercise and nature appreciation.
To access BWC's recommendations (including maps of the area) for the Toth property, please access this link, which takes you to our document: http://southhadleyma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2537
As stated in the document, please note that none of these initial recommendations are intended to be a foregone conclusion. They are intended instead to be a "jumping-off" point for discussion and resolution to obtain the best "win-win" solution for this Town-owned property for the benefit of all residents.
Thank you and we hope to see you on Wed. June 21st at 7 pm in the Town Hall Auditorium!
If you would like to be on the Bike/Walk Committee's email distribution list to stay updated on Bike/Walk events, Treks, and news, please email us at: email@example.com.
Join us for a Trek!
The Bike/Walk Committee offers free, guided Treks throughout the year. Plan to join us to explore local conservation lands and other resources. Treks are scheduled on Sundays at 1:00pm and participants gather at 12:45pm. No treks are scheduled in June, July and August. New Trekkers are always welcome! Schedule is subject to change. Events may be canceled due to weather; please check www.facebook.com/southhadleybikewalk for updates.
2017 TREK SCHEDULE
No Treks are scheduled in June, July and August. Treks will resume in September and continue through December. Dates and locations will be posted once details have been finalized
For more information about the Bike/Walk Committee, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us on this page (southhadleyma.gov/bikewalk) and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/southhadleybikewalk. For more on biking in Massachusetts, visit MassBike Pioneer Valley and www.massbike.org.