Like bridges? Like RLA!– A Run Stanley sponsorship challenge!

For every new “LIKE” R. Levesque Associates receives on Facebook, the firm will donate $1 to the Run Stanley 2014 fund to replace bridges in the Frank Stanley Beveridge Wildlife Sanctuary.  Please spread the word and help make R. Levesque Associates the most popular landscape architects in Facebook history! Visit RLA on Facebook here! For more information about progress on the bridges click here.



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Progress is happening

R. Levesque Associates, a Westfield landscape architecture, civil engineering, and environmental consulting firm, is heading up the bridge-building effort. We have received approval from the Westfield Conservation Commission to install a removable floating dock bridge at the site of the crooked bridge removed last year.  With proceeds from Run Stanley 2014, a second bridge will make the River Trail loop more accessible during the park’s open season. The Run Stanley Team thanks R. Levesque Associates for their extremely generous donation of surveying, planning, and proposal-writing time as well as financial support to make these bridges a reality!






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Westfield News story about bridge approval

Floatable bridge perfect for park

By Dan Moriarty on August 27, 2014 in Westfield

WESTFIELD – The Conservation Commission set condition last night for installation of a floating bridge at Stanley Park to replace a bridge damaged during the freak October snowstorm of 2011.
Consultant Rob Levesque, of R. Levesque Associates, presented details of the proposed bridge project to the commission last night. Levesque said the proposed bridge has been designed to minimize environmental impacts on the Little River wetland system and that the damaged bridge, which has been removed, was part of the wildlife trail.
“Stanley Park is trying to replace the bridge to reestablish the trail,” Levesque said. “There are a number of resource areas in the scope of work, so we came up with an innovative idea: a floatable bridge.”
Levesque said the bridge, which can be removed, is installed in interlocking sections.
“The idea is to have small removable sections which can be taken out of the water in an emergency, such as a flood, and seasonally,” Levesque said. “Because it floats on the water, it displaces a minor amount of water and creates a minimal disturbance.”
The bridge sections are supported on pilings that screw together and can also be removed to eliminate obstructions to the flow of water. The pilings also have stops to prevent the floatable bridge from grounding in periods of low water.
Conservation Coordinator Karen Leigh said “given the removable nature of the bridge, it will have no permanent environmental impact” on the surrounding resource areas.
The bridge is located at the end of the riverside boardwalk and provides access to trails located between branches of Little River. Normally several of the branches are dry and can be crossed on foot, but fill rapidly when water is released at Cobble Mountain Reservoir for hydroelectric generation, and during periods of heavy rain.
Levesque said that some brush and damaged trees will be removed as part of the work to reopen the walking trail system.
Commissioner Thomas Sharp commended the park administration for its efforts to protect the park environment and to provide residents access to the entire park facilities, including the nature preserve.
“Stanley Park is a jewel for the city,” Sharp said. “All of its projects are first rate.”

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Bridge Progress!

Headline in The Westfield Evening news: Floatable Bridge Perfect for Park! We’re happy to report that the Westfield Conservation Commission voted unanimously to approve our proposal for a removable floating bridge to replace the damaged bridge along the River Trail in the Frank Stanley Beveridge Wildlife Sanctuary. Thanks to Rob Levesque Associates, Jamie Murphy of Lane Construction, and Bob Goyette of Heritage Homes, who collaborated on research, surveying, design, and proposal work to bring us to this milestone! Funds raised at Run Stanley 2013 will be devoted to this first bridge, and Run Stanley 2014 will raise funds for a second bridge needed to make the River Trail accessible in wet conditions.  Let’s keep the momentum going! Sign up today!

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Introduction to Trail Running in Stanley Park Wildlife Sanctuary

Interested in running in the Stanley Park Wildlife Sanctuary trails but worried about getting lost?  Join Cindy Agan, Fitness Director at YMCA of Greater Westfield, and Vanessa Diana, Race Director for Run Stanley, for a gentle run/jog along the beautiful 3.1- mile Run Stanley trail run course. We’ll meet at the restrooms across from the Children’s Pavilion at Stanley Park and then walk as a group down to the start area near the duck pond.  Practice runs are free and open to the public. All ability levels are welcome, suggested for children ages 14 and up, but younger runners who can go the distance welcome with parent or guardian.
Two sessions available: Wednesday, September 17 at 5:45 p.m. and Saturday, September 20 at 8:30 a.m.  To learn more about Run Stanley and read a detailed course description, visit
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Run Stanley welcomes Northeast Race Photo

Run Stanley welcomes Ben Kimball of Northeast Race Photo as our official race photographer.  Today Ben scoped out the course with Race Director Vanessa Diana. Ben’s also including the Frank Stanley Beveridge Wildlife Sanctuary in his forthcoming book on 51 great trail running courses in Western MA! Check out Northeast Race Photo on Facebook for previews of some of Ben’s great work.


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Run Janji — Run for Another — supports Run Stanley!

Thank you to our latest sponsor! Janji doesn’t just make running apparel that’s high quality and great looking, it supports efforts to address the global water crisis. Janji donates a portion of every sale to water solutions world-wide.  Read more about this inspiring company here . Thank you, Janji, for donating gift certificates to award age-group winters at Run Stanley 2014.  We’re honored to partner with Janji.



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Inov8 Shoes sponsors Run Stanley!


Inov-8 Shoes is supporting Run Stanley 2014! Top male and female finishers will win a free pair of Inov-8s!   If you’re looking for a pair of trail running shoes, check out their great product line here.  Thanks to our friends at Inov-8 for helping us maintain the trails in the Stanley Park Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Run Stanley adds Kids’ Fun Run!

New this year! Run Stanley welcomes Stanley Park fans of all ages.  This year a Kids’ Fun Run will take place before the 5k.  Young participants will run ¾ mile course around the Stanley Park athletic fields, starting and finishing at the Children’s Pavilion.  All fun run participants will have a race bib and those registered by October 1 will receive a youth race shirt.  Fun run is not timed. Older children who wish to run the 5k are welcome. 13 and under age group prize will be awarded for the 5k.

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Registration for Kids’ Fun Run 8:00-9:30

Kids’ Fun Run Starts at 10:00

Registration for 5k 8:00 – 10:30

5k Starts at 11:00

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SAVE the DATE! Run Stanley 2014 Sunday, October 19, 2014

Spring is finally here, and the trails of Stanley Park Wildlife Sanctuary are finally thawed out! The Run Stanley Committee is excited to announce plans for Run Stanley 2014 to continue supporting Wildlife Sanctuary trail improvement. Run Stanley 2013 raised funds to replace the “crooked bridge” along the River Trail, which was washed out in a storm. The severe and long-lasting winter caused us a late start on the bridge building process, but we’re currently in the design development stage. Run Stanley 2014 on Sunday, October 19, will continue our fundraising efforts to make additional trail improvements, including a second bridge, signage, trail marking, and path clearing. Your support of Run Stanley 2014 will help make walking, running, and cycling in the Wildlife Sanctuary easier and safer. Help us Save the Sanctuary!

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