CT Riverwalk and Bikeway discussed in Chicopee

It would run from the Medina Street Boat Ramp to Nash Field

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – There’s a lot of excitement, as well as opposition to Chicopee joining the Connecticut Riverwalk and Bikeway. 50 people attended Wednesday night’s State Department of Transportation public hearing to review the plan’s progress.

The bike and walkway would run a little more than two and a half miles from the Medina Street Boat Ramp to Nash field. Some neighbors worry about safety and cost.

“If you start fiddling around with the dike itself, what’s that going to do for us for flood insurance?  Is that going to compromise the ability of the dike to hold back floodwaters,” said Jean Fitzgerald of Chicopee.

Pierre Beaulieu of Chicopee said, “”It’s an asset to any community as far as providing good healthy choices and opportunities to get outside, see the river, the scenery.  See the eagles.  Get some exercise.”

The Chicopee design is 25 percent complete. The proposal includes a ten foot wide bike path, an eight-foot wide walking path parallel to the river, a pedestrian bridge, scenic overlooks and improved parking at Nash field.

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