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Phase One of the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail Unveiled

Westfield, Mass. (WGGB) — Friday marked the official grand opening of phase one of the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail.

The path extends from the Southwick town line to just shy of the Tin Bridge in Westfield.

Project organizers say the trail will do much more than simply connect towns.

“It provides for healthy activities, and we know that childhood obesity is an on-going problem in this country. So it promotes getting outdoors and enjoying the community and the surroundings. Riding bicycles…this is a multimodal pathway so you can ride bikes, you can walk, you can rollerblade and you can even ski during the winter, so it’s going to have huge benefits to people,” explains Jeffrey LaValley with the Friends of the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail

While Friday marked the official grand opening, many people have been using the trail since construction wrapped up in late August. In fact, trail organizers say the 60 car lot is often at capacity even in the middle of the week.


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