Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning Studio and Student Research and Creative Activity

Publication Date

Spring 3-2011


LA 497C: Greenway Planning Studio - Undergraduate Program

Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Senior Students guided by: Professors Robert L. Ryan, Peter A. Kumble and Teaching Assistant: Kate Tooke


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.