Barbara Jean Walsh's projects
Yes, Wayne is correct abouat the PVTA bus, but first you have to get to the bus terminal, by foot or another bus. Shuttle service would make the connection to the River seem more like it's all part of the same thread.
Thanks for your helpful comments about the need for better public transportation to the Riverfront. I am hoping the proposed downtown shuttle being planned by MGM will provide a more convenient way for residents to get to the downtown Riverfront Park (at the foot of State St.) more easily.
I would like to note also that North Riverfront Park, by the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club that you mention, is actually served quite well by the P-20 bus that goes from the downtown bus terminal up to Riverdale St. and the Holyoke Mall, via the North End Bridge. I believe there are often trips at least every half hour on the weekdays, perhaps less often on the weekends (the buses do end early, though, on Sat. evenings and on Sunday late afternoons).
Paddling in a dragonboat is an especially great activity for active seniors, whether they choose recreatation paddling or a more competitive style. But they need to be able to get there and home again!
Too few people able to enjoy the beauty of the River because transportation is not readily accessible from downtown. It's a discouraging disconnect when Springfield really is a river city.
More seamless public transportation, more activities and training centers for Springfield residents, and job sites in Downtown linked with recruitment and training for Springfield residents.
More visuals and fun activities that use the Connecticut River--what an amazing natural resources.
Tours that capitalize on the historic qualities of the city, which cannot be replicated. Historic buildings from churches to storefronts can be entryways to a particular population of history buffs, scholars, and artists.