This is one of five reports submitted for the LA497C Spring 2011 Senior Studio project.
The purpose of this report is to show the results of a partnership between the Town of Hatfield Massachusetts, and the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Massachusetts.
The Town of Hatfield initially approached the University for assistance in understanding the options available for Greenway development in Hatfield, while maintaining the charm and character the town is proud of.
In his ground-breaking book, Greenways for America, Author Charles Little (1990) provides a simple definition of a Greenway:
“A greenway is a linear open space established along either a natural corridor,
such as a riverfront, stream valley, or ridgeline, or overland along a railroad
right-of-way converted to recreational use, a canal, scenic road, or other route.
It is any natural or landscaped course for pedestrian or bicycle passage. An
open-space connector linking parks, nature reserves, cultural features, or
historic sites with each other and with populated areas.”
This report will provide an assessment and analysis of the current conditions of the Town of Hatfield and recommendations for a Greenway Plan that with enhance the quality of life for the residents.
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