BLANDFORD AND CHESTERFIELD RELEASE WALKING MAPS
Sept. 30, 2020
The Towns of Blandford and Chesterfield have created walking maps that highlight the best routes and loops in their towns for walking, with levels ranging from easy to challenging and terrain that includes sidewalks, roadside shoulders, dirt paths and dirt roads. With funding from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and Healthy Hampshire, the maps were created as part of an effort to support people of all ages and abilities to take advantage of one of the easiest and most accessible forms of exercise: walking. The maps are unique to each town and feature historical, cultural and ecological points of interest in addition to the walking routes. Past maps for Worthington, Chester, Goshen, Huntington and Cummington already exist and are accessible on town websites.
Blandford will be hosting an event in conjunction with the Hilltown Mobile Market on Oct. 9 to showcase the maps to town residents.
BLANDFORD WALKS WITH TOWN ADMINISTRATOR JOSHUA GARCIA
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 9 from 2:00-3:30pm
WHERE: Blandford Town Hall, 1 Russell Stage Rd, Blandford, MA
WHAT: The Blandford Town Administrator, Joshua Garcia, will host a walk around the center of town. Join him for informal conversation, snacks and apple cider donuts. While you’re there, pick up a copy of the Blandford Walking Map, as well as some fresh, Hilltown-grown produce at the last day of the Hilltown Mobile Market! We ask that all participants follow Covid-19 safety protocols by wearing a mask and maintaining 6 feet of social distance.
Mobile Farmers Market Two-Day Retreat
Wed, Nov 6, 2019, 8:30 AM –3:00PM and Thu, Nov 7, 2019, 8:30am - 3:00 PM
Northampton Friends Meetinghouse
43 Center Street, #202
Northampton, MA 01060
About this Event
The Hampshire County Mobile Market Retreat aims to bring together all past, present, and future mobile market partners in Hampshire County and the Hilltowns to:
- Grow and strengthen relationships across the county,
- Determine objectives for a county-wide mobile market implementation plan,
- Prepare for future funding opportunities,
- Understand how our work relates to social justice and equity; and
- Identify opportunities for regional collaboration.
Announcing our Co-Conveners: Grow Food Northampton and Hilltown Community Development
As mobile market operators, Grow Food Northampton and Hilltown Community Development have worked hard over the past two years to bring the mobile farmers market vision into fruition in Northampton and the Hilltowns. As members of the Mobile Market Retreat Planning Committee, they have been invaluable partners in bringing this event together. They will play a key role in advancing the outcomes of the Mobile Market Retreat, and Healthy Hampshire is incredibly grateful to have them on-board as co-conveners.
The Hampshire County Mobile Market Retreat will be packed with opportunities to learn, share ideas, and plan for the future, including:
A Featured Speaker: Jessica del Rosario, Director of Community Initiatives, Bureau of Community Health and Prevention, MA Department of Public Health
- Updates on the successes and learnings of past mobile market seasons from operators and customers
- Breakout sessions facilitated by key partners in Hampshire County mobile market work
- Opportunities to give input on our mobile market values and vision going forward
- To see the full schedule for the event, go here: http://www.healthyhampshire.org/content/mobile-market-retreat-schedule/mm-retreat-schedule.pdf. A printed program with further details will be available at the registration table on the morning of each day.
If you would like to participate, but can't attend the full two-day event, you can contact Caitlin Marquis at (413) 588-5562 or firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance on which parts of the retreat to prioritize.
HILLTOWNS PLAN EVENTS TO CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF WALKING MAPS Oct 10, 2019
Cummington, Huntington and Goshen will host events where residents can pick up a map and learn more about walking in their town
The Towns of Cummington, Huntington and Goshen have created walking maps that highlight the best routes and loops in their towns for walking, with levels ranging from easy to challenging and terrain that includes sidewalks, roadside shoulders, dirt paths and dirt roads. With funding from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and Healthy Hampshire, the maps were created as part of an effort to support people of all ages and abilities to take advantage of one of the easiest and most accessible forms of exercise: walking. The maps are unique to each town and feature historical, cultural and ecological points of interest in addition to the walking routes. Three upcoming events will offer opportunities for Hilltowners to pick up their own map and talk to members of the town committees that helped to put the maps together. See below for event details on each:
Go4Life Family Fun Walk
Saturday, Oct. 19, 10:30am-1:00pm
Stanton Hall, Huntington
For more information:
Huntington COA office
Participants will collect raffle tickets for each route or each time a route is completed. The drawing for raffle prizes will be held at the end of the walk. Those who complete a 1 mile walk will have their name submitted to MCOA for a statewide raffle. All walkers with varying speeds and abilities are welcome to participate in the walk. Check in and pick up of walking maps and bottled water will be at 10:30 a.m. Entertainment will be at 11:00 a.m. featuring Country, Crossover, & Originals by David Housman & Ed Bentley. Free food (Chicken and Salad with Pita Bread or Hot Chili if a cold day) will be served at 12:30 p.m. The raffle prize drawing will be held at 1:00 p.m. and participants must be present to win. Participants are asked to park in the municipal parking lot behind the liquor store on Route 20.
Sunday, October 20, 2:00-4:00pm
38 Main St, Cummington
Enjoy cider, donuts and tours of the Old Parsonage and Historical Museum. Take a walk around the village loop (1.8 miles).
Goshen Town Hall
Sunday, October 27th, 2019
For more information:
Healthy Hampshire Celebration October 3, 2018
On October 3, 2018, Healthy Hampshire brought together over 40 partners working in many sectors and communities throughout Hampshire County and the Hilltowns to share stories of success and envision the future. CES Newsroom did a great write-up of the event here. We also produced a colorful report summarizing the roundtable discussions, which includes ideas for future collaboration.
Posted Oct. 29, 2018
Healthy Hampshire Funds Third Round of Walk Friendly Community Projects, January, 2018
Request for Proposals is Open
Healthy Hampshire releases Request for Proposals for enhancing physical activity and town center design. Proposals are due by Sept. 22, 2017. Please contact us for more information.
Posted August 3, 2017
Article: Complete Streets Guidance from Urban to Rural
Wayne Feiden, director of the Office of Planning and Sustainability for the City of Northampton, authored an article for the Mass Municipal Association about how the concept and application of complete streets has evolved over time in the more rural parts of the state such as Northampton, and the path the City has taken to prioritize safe and accessible infrastructure for pedestrians and bicyclists. He also details the role that Healthy Hampshire and the Mass in Motion program have had in encouraging and supporting that evolution, including the creation of the Walk/Bike Northampton Plan and the Urban, Rural and Suburban Complete Streets Design Manual.
Posted July 17, 2017
Huntington Town Center Walk Audit [Rescheduled from April 25 due to rain]
Tuesday, May 2 from 4-6PM
Meet at Stanton Hall at 4pm
For more information, see the flyer
Posted April 25, 2017
Healthy Hampshire Funds Walk Friendly Community Projects, March 2017
Posted March 3, 2017
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