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Pathways for Keene Awarded for its Work with Physical Activity

Pathways for KeenePathways for Keene (PFK) recently received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the New Hampshire Governor’s Council on Physical Activity and Health for its work to develop bicycle and pedestrian pathways in the City of Keene.

“Pathways is honored to be the recipient of this award,” says Pathways for Keene President, Clark Dexter. “We are proud of our work to help make Keene a city that is safe and easy to walk and bike in--for recreation, physical activity and active transportation.”

According to Governor’s Council spokesperson, Dr. Lilyan Wright, the non-profit organization was selected from hundreds of applicants for its achievements in promoting healthy lifestyles through physical activity and fitness services, projects and programs.

PFK is currently finishing its largest project to date – construction of a 900 foot long pedestrian bridge that is scheduled for completion in late summer. The North Bridge will connect almost 2 miles of improved multi-use trail to the rest of the City’s trail network allowing for safe walking, biking and running activity for the 26,000 residents of Keene and the thousands of additional users who work and/or visit the City each day.

“Pathways for Keene is a driving force for funding, coordination and development of bike and pedestrian trails that offer a multitude of health benefits to the residents and visitors of Keene,” says City Mayor, Kendall Lane.

Enhancing the infrastructure (sidewalks, trails, crosswalks, etc) to support walking and biking for all is one of 11 Vision 2020 strategies to increase healthy eating and physical activity for all Cheshire County residents.

“The North Bridge project, a collaboration between PFK, the City of Keene, and state and federal partners, is a testimony to the power of citizen-led initiatives to bring people together around a common goal, engage additional partners and support the overall health and well-being of the community,” says Mr. Dexter.

PFK is a non-profit 501c3 volunteer organization established in 1995. The group has raised close to $300,000 dollars to assist in the development of seven miles of multi-use trails throughout the City. The dedication of the North Bridge is scheduled for September 8th.  For more information about Pathways for Keene, contact President, Clark Dexter at (603) 357-3105 or visit their web site.