Welcome to Regreen Springfield!

Through our tree advocacy efforts, ReGreen Springfield has collaborated with businesses, community organizations, educational partners and government agencies to promote the reforestation of Springfield, improve growing conditions for trees and engage new allies in tree care and monitoring, education and citizen science.  We realize that the strength of our city is found in the neighborhoods. With this as the foundation for our work, we have embarked on an effort to ‘regreen’ the city… one tree at at time.

Please join Regreen Springfield in this reforestation effort by planting a tree in your own yard, helping to plant trees along our streets and in our parks, or donate your time or funds to neighborhood regreening efforts. With your help, Springfield’s urban forest will be restored.

Wheelchair Accessible Nature Walks in Western Massachusetts

Compiled by Julie, David, and Nicholas Mitchell of Springfield MA

 

Fannie Stebbins Wildlife Refuge (the Meadows)

202 Bark Haul Road, Longmeadow, MA 01106

Known as the Longmeadow flats, this is an amazing spot to birdwatch.  There is a covered viewing deck over the pond that has telescopes. One telescope is for wheelchair users. There is an eagle’s nest, as well as many ducks, geese, blue herons, frogs, turtles, and a variety of birds! There is a trail that can be muddy and often has coyotes and other wildlife tracks.  You can walk alongside the pond.

www.fws.gov


Mass Audubon Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA 01027

Nice place to enjoy nature and take a walk. They do have a universally accessible trail that is rope-guided. It is a nice loop around the sanctuary and wetlands. It can be buggy. Bring bug spray.

www.massaudobon.org

 

Columbia Rail Trail

Westfield, MA 01085

The Parking lot is at the Shaker Farms Country Club. Go to the back of the parking lot up a slight hill to the parking lot. Really nice place. The Rail trail is very scenic with ponds, bridges, and fields.

www.cityofwestfield.org

 

Redstone Rail Trail

East Longmeadow, Ma. 01028

The Parking lot is next to The Depot at 64 Maple Rd. A nice out/back paved trail that goes behind businesses on Shaker Road.  The Depot is a hot dog/ice cream place that now has train rides on a miniature train!

www.traillink.com

 

Southwick Rail Trail

Miller Road, Southwick, MA 01077

This rail trail connects to the Columbia Greenway in Westfield. Nice paved rail trail with pretty views that goes through wetlands. It can be very buggy. Bring bug spray.

www.southwickrailtrail.org


Chicopee River Canal,

Chicopee, MA 01013

Parking is across from the Chicopee City Hall Annex.

Nice paved walk along the canal.

www.traillink.com

 

 

Bliss Park

252 Bliss Road Longmeadow, MA 01006

A 0.6-mile paved loop is located in the back of the Bliss Park playground.

www.longmeadowma.gov

 

Lake Wallace Sensory Trail

Whitlock Way, Belchertown MA 01007

Located behind the police station and skate park. The new sensory trail features an observation deck overlooking a pretty pond. You can see ducks, birds, and grey herons.  It does have a slight slope at the beginning but is wheelchair accessible.

www.lwsensorytrail.org

 

Swift River Green Belt Trail

Palmer, MA 01069

The trail is located in the back of the industrial Park on First Street in Bondsville. There is a parking lot and you will see the covered deck from there.  This is a beautiful loop that runs along the Swift River. It has benches throughout the loop to sit and enjoy the view.

www.townofpalmer.com


Thayer Brook Conservation Area

700 Monson Road, Wilbraham, MA 01095

The brook is located at the back of the Wilbraham community garden parking lot. You will see a sign and handicap parking.  There is an accessible trail called the Easy Trail that is .6 miles long. It has several benches to sit and enjoy nature.

www.wilbraham-ma.gov


Lake Wyola State Park

 94 Lakeview Rd. Shutesbury, MA 01072

Free for handicap parking is available with placards. Ask the attendant at the first parking lot to bring a beach wheelchair if you need one.  Park in the second parking lot near the bathhouse if you have a placard. There is a concrete walkway that leads to the beach and the deck has benches and beach access with the beach wheelchair.  The beach is nice and clean and has a grassy area with a BBQ you can use for picnics.  There is a bathhouse that has a handicapped bathroom.  Call ahead to make sure the water quality is good and is swimmable before you go.

www.mass.gov

 

Frohloff Farm and accessible Rail Trail

221 Church Street Ware, MA 01082

The parking lot is on the left across the street from the trail.

Pretty butterfly garden at the beginning of the walk and also a picnic table. Nice easy walk with beautiful views.  There is a pond trail. Picnic tables are located throughout and continue into a pine tree forest.

www.eqlt.org

Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

789 Main Street Hampden, MA 01036

Pretty Trail has picnic tables at the beginning near the parking lot.  The trail goes along the brook into the forest. It does have lots of tree roots which makes it more difficult for wheelchair users to navigate.

www.massaudobon.org


Fort River trail at the Silvio O.Conte Refuge

69 Moody Bridge Road, Hadley, MA 01035

Driving down the road, you will see the stable on the left just before the road becomes a dirt road. Take that driveway. The parking lot is at the bottom and you will see the new covered deck. Fully accessible nature trail 1.2 miles in/out.  Serene walks through the woods. The trail is all boardwalks and has several decks to sit and relax or picnic.

www.kestreltrust.org

 

Mutters Field accessible trail, The Pascommuck Conservation Trust

405 East Street, Easthampton, MA 01027

Located near Mountain View Farm, which is located at the base of Mount Tom.  A small loop is a very easy-to-navigate 1-mile loop. There are pretty views. It also has several benches and a covered picnic area in the back.

www.pctland.org

 

Ludlow Reservoir Shoreline Trail

1149 MA-21, Ludlow, MA 01056

Located on Center Street, in Ludlow. The parking lot can fill up fast; they do have handicap parking spots.  The reservoir is closed on Wed.  4.1 mile easy paved walk that goes around the reservoir. With beautiful views, this is a nice in/out walk.

www.waterandsewer.org

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Community Tree Planting – Volunteers Needed, Nov. 17th and 18th

Join your friends, neighbors and family to plant some new shade trees in the East Springfield Neighborhood. This effort, in partnership with the City of Springfield and the East Springfield Neighborhood Council, includes planting 50 new street trees along the roadways of the East Springfield neighborhood.

No experience is needed. Help for as much time as you want. Join us for a half hour, or all day. It’s your choice. Each day will go from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, so there are plenty of opportunities to help out.

All volunteers will receive a free tee shirt for joining in this effort.
To register for the event, Click Here

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Announcing the Remarkable Winners of the ReGreen Springfield Photo Contest!

We are happy to announce the winning entries in our 2023 Fall Photo Contest.  Springfield’s natural beauty has truly shone through the lenses of our talented community photographers. We received an impressive collection of entries for the contest, each capturing the essence of our city’s natural world. After careful consideration, we are thrilled to announce the well-deserved winners:

🥇 First Place: M.J. Tash – “Forest Park Winter”
A captivating portrayal of the serene winter landscapes in Forest Park.

 

🥈 Second Place: Jan Piepul – “Hummingbird in Flight”
An exquisite shot capturing the grace and beauty of a hummingbird in motion.

 

🥉 Third Place: Bill Malloy – “Forest Park Winter Wonderland”
A stunning depiction of the enchanting winter wonderland within Forest Park.

 

We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all participants who shared their incredible photographs, showcasing the natural wonders that make Springfield a unique and cherished place.

But that’s not all! We’re excited to announce that our next photo contest is just around the corner, scheduled for this upcoming winter. We encourage all photography enthusiasts to keep their cameras ready and their creative spirits high. Stay tuned for more details on how to participate and the exciting prizes we have in store.

As a token of our appreciation for your outstanding contributions, all contest winners will receive a valuable field guide to trees. We hope this resource will aid them in further exploring and appreciating the abundant green spaces that Springfield has to offer.

Congratulations once again to our winners, and thank you to everyone who made the ReGreen Springfield Photo Contest a resounding success. Your passion for preserving and celebrating the natural world is truly inspiring.

Stay connected with ReGreen Springfield for more opportunities to engage with and protect our city’s precious environment. Together, we can continue to make Springfield a greener, more vibrant place to call home.

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