Parks, Recreation & Cemeteries

 

Department Overview

Vision:

Our community works together to provide for life-long opportunities for active living and wise stewardship of natural resources. Keene has beautiful, well-maintained parks and cemerteries, a citizenry that incorporates physical activity itno their daily lives, and a connected system of open space, parks and trails. 

Mission:
The Keene Parks, Recreation and Cemeteries Department seeks to provide the citizens of Keene with municipal facilities that are safe, clean and efficiently operating. The Department also seeks to provide a set of leisure activities and park facilities that are current and varied, and respond to the wants of the general public. The Department additionally strives to maintain municipal burial grounds and the associated services at a continued high level. 

The Parks, Recreation and Cemeteries Department consists of three service divisions: Recreation Programming, Park Maintenance and Cemeteries Management.

The Recreation Programming involves scheduling of events and programs at both the rainbow playgroundRecreation Center and in the parks that dot Keene’s landscape. Community programs such as youth basketball, summer playground camps and a safe indoor walking program, are directly operated by the Program Division, while others including Keene Knights Football, Keene Cal Ripkin Youth Baseball, Allyson Barden Girls Youth Softball and adult softball leagues are conducted by volunteer groups with the Program Supervisor serving as a liaison. Information about current programs and a list of contact people is available through the main office of Parks, Recreation and Cemeteries Department.

The Parks and Cemeteries’ maintenance division crews are kept busy preparing ballfields in summer and ice skating areas in winter, keeping cemeteries groomed and handling a myriad of other tasks adding to the beauty and usefulness of Keene’s open spaces. Additionally, the Supervisor oversees the sale of cemetery lots and burial arrangements year ‘round. Arrangements for lot sales may be made at the Parks, Recreation and Cemeteries Department's main office. All cemetery records are retained there also and the staff will help with genealogical research.

 

 

Contact Information

Parks, Recreation and Cemeteries
312 Washington Street, Keene, NH 03431
phone: 1-603-357-9829
fax: 1-603-283-5661

Staff

Andrew Bohannon, Director
Edward "Chuck" Sweeney, Superintendent of Parks and Cemeteries Maintenance
Meghan Spaulding, Recreation Programmer
Laura Selmer, Administrative Assistant
Toni Bartley, Administrative Assistant

Current Programs

Events Coming Up

The Special Olympics Unified Sports Basketball Assessment games are coming to Keene on Saturday, March 14. Over 40 teams are invading the Monadnock area to demonstrate their skills, courage and joy. These teams and athletes have been practicing for months and will be ready to play preliminary games before heading to Portsmouth in late March for the State Tournament. 

With 5 courts of action all day, I am looking for officials to donate their time and help provide a quality sports environment for the athletes. 

Are you willing to assist and officiate? The game formats will be as such:

2 – 16 minute halves – stop time last 4 minutes

4 – 30 second time outs (2 per half) 

The games will begin at 9:00 on 6 courts and run until 12:00. Lunch will be provided and games resume at 1:00 and finished between 3:30 and 4:00. 

I need your assistance in making this event a success. Call me at 357-9829 or send an email to mspaulding@ci.keene.nh.us.  Please commit to the day.

 

Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 (All day) - Saturday, March 14, 2015 (All day)

The Keene Recreation Center is collaborating to create a large indoor mural to celebrate our community health and spirit. The mural will entail a vivid portrayal of who we are and what we are proud of guided by the City’s Comprehensive Master Plan and Healthy Monadnock 2020. 

You are invited to share your ideas to be incorporated into a unique design that will be inspiring and fun. Please join us at the Recreation Center and attend either of the discussion groups below. We look forward to your input and suggestions.

Dates:

Wed. March 4 6:30pm -7:45pm in the Game Room
Wed. March 11 6:30pm -7:45pm in the Game Room

To RSVP or for more information contact 603-357-9829

 

To learn more about the mural project visit www.keeneparks.com

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 8:30am - Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 8:30am