Recreational Resources, Trails and Conservation Land
There are approximately 2,000 acres of recreation land in the community primarily under the care of Keene’s Parks and Recreation Department. Between 2003 and 2010, the Parks and Recreation Department managed close to 30 different recreation programs in a given year. These programs take place in both indoor and outdoor facilities including the coordination of continued use in four playground facilities.
In addition, the community has approximately 16 miles of trail, creating a network that includes both regional and community multi-use paths (Keene GIS data). In addition to the trails network in the community, the Department of Public Works oversees the maintenance and enhancement of approximately 65 miles of sidewalk. Increases in the amount of and improvements to sidewalks are included each year in the Capital Improvement Program.
Keene has approximately 4,300 acres of land either zoned as conservation (app. 1,900 acres) or permanently protected through conservation easements (app. 2,400 acres). Of the total number, the City of Keene has placed easements on approximately 1,000 acres of city-owned lands.