Champions Invited to North Bridge Dedication Ceremony
Submitted by Organizational Champion, Pathways for Keene
Champions are invited to join Champion, Mayor Lane, Congressman Bass, Commissioner Clements, Senator Kelly, and all of Cheshire County for the City of Keene’s North Bridge dedication and ribbon cutting taking place Saturday, September 15, 2012 from noon to 2 pm near the east side of the bridge.
The North Bridge is Pathways for Keene’s (a non-profit 501c3, tax exempt, volunteer organization whose mission is to promote the development and use of public bicycle and pedestrian pathways in the City of Keene) largest project to date – a 900 foot long pedestrian bridge. The North Bridge connects 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.
“The North Bridge project, a collaboration between Pathways, 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 Champion and Pathways for Keene President, Clark Dexter.
In May, Pathways for Keene 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.
According to Governor’s Council spokesperson, Dr. Lilyan Wright, Pathways for Keene was selected from hundreds of applicants for its achievements in promoting healthy lifestyles through physical activity and fitness services, projects and programs.
“Pathways is honored to be the recipient of this award,” says 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.”
Enhancing the built environment (sidewalks, trails, bridges, 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.
Pathways for Keene is a non-profit 501c3 volunteer organization whose mission is to promote the development and use of public bicycle and pedestrian pathways in the City of Keene. 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. For more information about Pathways for Keene contact President, Clark Dexter at (603) 357-3105 or visit their web site. For more information about the North Bridge Dedication, contact Helen Matson at the City of Keene at (603) 357-9804.