WESTFIELD – The Board of Directors of the Friends of the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail announce the installation of the first four of eight historical markers on the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail. An idea to turn the unique trail into an educational experience and living museum, which was initiated several years ago, has finally come to pass. Joe Giffune, Chair of the Board of Directors, wanted to thank everyone who has worked so hard to make this vision a reality.
The sign installation was a successful collaboration combining resources from the Friends, the City, Westfield State University, and the private sector. Begun as a Westfield State University student research project, the signs were refined with input from the Westfield Historical Commission and the Westfield Athenaeum. The Friends oversaw the design and fabrication process, and PeoplesBank and the Westfield Cultural Council generously contributed to the production costs.
Giffune went on
to thank Mayor Brian Sullivan, former Mayor Dan Knapik, City Engineer Mark Cresotti, and the City Council. All of whom were very supportive and helpful throughout this project. Finally, thanks to the Department of Public Works and the Department of Parks and Recreation for coordinating the installation. Thank you to all and happy trails.
Joseph D. Giffune, Chair – Friends of the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail