Our fiscal agent, Pathways for Keene, Inc. (“PFK”) is a non-profit, 501 C(3), group of volunteers promoting the development, maintenance, enhancement of active transportation in the City of Keene, N.H. Provides guidance and oversees our financials/bank account.
Skatepark is located on city land. The city oversees the maintenance. Keene Skatepark is working in partnership with Andy Bohannon; Park, Recreation and Facilities Director. Costs for marketing materials has been paid by Park and Recreation. We are asking for the city to direct $25,000 to this project. Hearings for the city budget are in March.
Monadnock Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) puts together people, projects, planning, and financing to foster community and business development in southwestern New Hampshire.They are working to develop the empty lot located adjacent to the current skatepark. The skatepark is included in their plans which includes a pavilion for music and the Farmers Market and a public restroom. If this project is approved by the city of Keene, it will include a bowl for the skatepark, funded by MEDEC up to $100,000. MEDEC has a proven track record in Keene and is a widely respected organization.
We have a letter of support from Melinda Treadwell, President. Dr. Brian Quigley, Phd Director of the Keene State Counseling Center, avid skateboarder and skatepark committee member, is joining Advocates for Healthy Youth(AFHY); a coalition of concerned individuals and organizations dedicated to improving the health of children in the Monadnock Region. We are working with Kemal Atkins, Vice President of Student Affairs, to engage college students in this project. A freshman has expressed interest in starting a Keene Skatepark Club for event planning and fundraising.
HM is a community engagement initiative designed to foster and sustain a positive culture of health throughout Cheshire County and the Monadnock Region. AFHY is part of this initiative. We have partnered with Sarah Pelkey who will be assisting us in getting information about Keene Skatepark out to the area schools. We have a letter of support from them. They have awarded us $1000 for our project.
Their mission is to “building the foundation for successful adulthood.” We are working with the director, Liz Chapman, to write grants for funding the purchase of skateboards, helmets and knee pads for underprivileged youth.