Community Development

Park Avenue – Cheshire Rail Trail Loop Project

The objective of this project is to create safe access for neighborhoods in West Keene to the rail trail, establish a bicycle and pedestrian loop facility and improve access to the downtown area. To accomplish this, concepts for connecting a collector- gateway street, Park Avenue, commonly traveled by bicyclists and pedestrians with Keene’s Cheshire Rail Trail have been developed. The improvements proposed include: In-street bicycle and pedestrian facilities along the streets mentioned above; improved connections to the rail trail at two locations, north of the Keene YMCA along a class 6 road known as the Ami Brown Road and at the end of Pitcher Street; development of two trailhead facilities at Whitcombs Mill Road and Summit Road/Summit Ridge Drive.

The City of Keene, CHA Consulting and Alta Planning + Design are the project team working on the Concept Plan Alternatives.
This project is a New Hampshire Department of Transportation, Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funded project which means it is 80% federally/state funded and 20% locally match funded.  Part of the local match funding from the City of Keene is comprised of funds donated by Pathways for Keene (PFK) and the Monadnock Conservancy. The project is currently in the Engineering Study Phase.

An initial project meeting was conducted on Monday, February 13, 2017 at the City of Keene, Parks and Recreation Faclity, 312 Washington Street.  The presentation by the City and its consultants can be found below. The meeting format was as follows:


Open House 6:00-6:30 pm Project Presentation 6:30-7:00 pm

Q&A + Public Comment 7:00-8:00 pm

The purpose of this meeting was to present and receive public input on the Concept Plan Alternatives for proposed bicycle and pedestrian improvements along Park Avenue, Blossom, Pitcher, West and Arch Streets as well as separate grade trail improvements along what is known as the Ami Brown Road and the Cheshire Rail Trail.  


Local Concerns Meeting Presentation

Questions regarding this project and meeting can be directed to:
Mapping Technician and LPA Project Manager, Will Schoefmann, City of Keene, Planning Department, 603-352-5474 or