Live Well Springfield

Live Well Springfield is a community based coalition that includes over 20 organizations working in Springfield. The coalition supports a grassroots movement towards health equity through improving access to healthy eating and active living opportunities. The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission is an active member of Live Well Springfield and has worked on food access projects and Springfield’s walking and bicycling plan as part of the Live Well Springfield initiative.  

In a recent partnership with Mercy Medical Center, Live Well Springfield received a $2.5 million grant from Trinity Health—Mercy Medical Center’s parent organization. The grant, which will be allocated over the course of five years, will help to fund and further the coalition’s work of creating a healthier Springfield. A number of local partners will be working on issues related to tobacco usage, nutrition and physical activity. Partners and initiatives include:

  • Pioneer Valley Planning Commission-helping with the implementation of Springfield’s Complete Streets Plan
  • Martin Luther King Family Services- working with teens on the reduction of tobacco usage
  • HAP Housing- working with property owners on tobacco usage in housing developments
  • Square One- Working with children and mothers that access their services to increase nutrition education and reduce obesity
  • Springfield Food Policy Council- working on nutrition initiatives in Springfield Public Schools  including Breakfast in Classrooms and the use of locally grown food in school meals

For additional information on Live Well Springfield, click here.

Project Manager

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Catherine Ratté
Director Land Use and Environment Department


Complete Streets Handout

Complete Streets Information Handout
A hand out explaining what Complete Streets are and what you can do about them in your neighborhood.
Complete Streets Handout


Springfield Complete Streets Implementation Guide
A Complete Street Implementation Guide prepared by the Utile Group for LiveWell Springfield.


Rebecca Johnson Walk Audit
Walk Audit of the area surrounding the Rebecca Johnson School prepared by WalkBoston.


Brightwood Neighborhood Walk Audit
Walk Audit of the Brightwood Neighborhood prepared by WalkBoston.


Brookings School Walk Audit
Walk Audit of the area surrounding the Brookings School prepared by WalkBoston.


Lincoln School Walk Audit
Walk audit for the area surrounding the Lincoln School prepared by WalkBoston

News and Articles

Springfield Skyline
10 Jan

In light of Smart Growth America naming Greater Springfield the 13th least dangerous metro area in the country for pedestrians, as well as Massachusetts ranking in the top 10 least dangerous states for pedestrians, as part of their 2016 edition of Dangerous by Design, the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) is highlighting some of their collaborative efforts to make the streets of the Pioneer Valley safer for automobiles, bikers and pedestrians.