Many of us have visited running and cycling
areas around the country and we are thankful
that our areas are maintained by men and women
who obviously care a great deal about them.
Many communities have gone a little crazy in
manicuring their public areas. They removed all
the brush, planted grass, and put up "keep off
the grass" signs. What was left was an
antiseptic area that the public was allowed to
only view from afar.
In Keene, the dedicated people in the Public
Works Department maintain the Paths and
those in the Parks,
Recreation, and Facilities Department
maintain the parks and Ashuelot River trail.
Some of the areas are grassy patches that
invite a blanket to snooze in the sun or have a
picnic. Other areas are natural views of the
river, forest, brush inhabited by raccoons,
squirrels, skunks, beaver, rabbits, and birds of
Each of these areas invite public use. When
potential dangers are reported, corrective
action occurs rapidly.
If you want to:
- Report a problem, send an e-mail to
- Send a comment to the maintainers, send an e-mail to
We will forward you messages to the appropriate
city departments and collect representative samples
May 2002 - I used to run the Charles
River Basin in Boston. After many great years
of drinking-in the natural beauty, the brush was
clear-cut along the riverbank. In the process
all the critters (ducks, geese, rabbits, swans)
moved away. I am thankful that common sense
prevails in Keene.