The RiverWalk Phase II is a project undertaken as part of the RiverMills redevelopment, specifically, repurposing a rail line to a walking and biking trail extending from Grape Street to the perimeter of the former Uniroyal factory site. When complete, the RiverWalk will extend from the Chicopee Center to the Deady Bridge along the Chicopee River.
The Connecticut Riverwalk & Bikeway, North is located between the Connecticut River and the City-owned Connecticut River flood control levee extending from the Medina Street boat ramp to Nash Field, an overall distance of approximately 2.4 miles. The proposed alignment of the Riverwalk begins at the Medina Street boat ramp and associated parking lot, passes under the Massachusetts Turnpike, over a storm drain discharge channel associated with the Paderewski Street pumping station, then passes by or under two service bridges that provide access to the Jones Ferry Pumping Station discharge gates before terminating at Nash Field.
This new protected bike lane is also called the Center Loop. It is a protected bike lane that is being entirely funded with money from MassDOT’s Shared Winter Streets and Spaces grant program. The Center Loop is for pedestrians and bikers going through the Chicopee Center.