Whether you’re looking for a tranquil setting to read or a scenic hike, one of Keene’s 16 parks is sure to have what you need. From playgrounds to ponds, our parks offer unlimited opportunities to get out and explore our beautiful community. For more information on any of the parks below, call the Keene Parks and Recreation Department at (603)357-9829.
Are the seed catalogs calling your name? City of Keene Parks and Recreation Department is offering space in our Community Gardens for the 2018 growing season.
You can save your spot for this coming season by stopping in at the office. Please be aware of the growing season dates listed below. KPRD will not be out in gardens any earlier.
At the rear of Monadnock View Cemetery, adjacent to Cedarcrest, is a plot of land that KPRD makes available as garden space for the public. For a nominal fee, folks can rent the space for the season and grow their own veggies! There is an agreement form to fill out prior to planting, so stop by the Recreation Center at 312 Washington Street to reserve your space.
Below are the details:
- Cost per plot- Residents $20/ Nonresidents $35.
- Size of Plot- 19 x 25 feet
- Garden Season will be from the third Monday of May and end by October 1st.
- Garden fees must be paid in full to KPRD before starting any type of work in the garden area.
- Do not use any pesticide.
- City of Keene is not responsible for any of the garden beds.
Gardeners are responsible for the following:
- Maintenance of their own beds, i.e. weeding, planting, harvesting and cleanup of beds at the end of the season.
- If the owner does not do their own end of the year cleanup KPRD will charge the owner $100.
KPRD will be responsible for the following:
- Mowing a garden area a couple times throughout the season
- Rototill it at the start of the season
- Keep the garden hose outside of cemetery maintenance building during the season as a water source for gardeners.
- Main office of KPRD will keep a detailed spread sheet of plots and owner information. They will also collect garden fees yearly.
Wheelock Park Camp Area
Wheelock Campground is closed for the 2017 season. Thank you for a great summer!
Wheelock Park Campground is open to the public from Memorial Day Weekend through mid-September. Situated in West Keene, the campground is convenient to shopping areas, movie theaters, bowling alleys, miniature golf, horseshoe tournaments, cultural events. Amenities within the park and available to the campground residents include acres for relaxation, children's playground equipment, youth and adult size ballfields, swimming pool (late June -– August), 24 regulation horseshoe courts, 2 tennis courts and a large open shelter.
Developed by Monadnock Chapter 66 NAFCA and Keene Parks and Recreation Department
Open Memorial Day Weekend through late September
The entrance to Wheelock Park is on Park Avenue, next to Plotkin Furniture.
The campground is at the rear of the park.
For Reservations during the season, call 603-499-2609 – Campground. Offseason you may call the Keene Recreation Center at 603-357-9829.
Directions to Wheelock Park
Traveling West from Boston
Go north on Route 128 (I-95) to Route 2 west. Follow Route 2W to Route 140 north. Take Route 140 north to Route 12 and follow 12 to Keene. The first stop light in Keene is at the intersection of Routes 101, 12 and 10. Take a left and proceed for 1/2 mile, travelling straight through the roundabout. Take a right at the next intersection onto Routes 10 and 12. Take the first exit to West Street. Go left onto West Street. After the underpass, stay right onto Park Avenue proceed about a mile to the blinking light. The entrance to Wheelock Park is on the right, just past Plotkin Furniture.
Traveling West from Manchester/Nashua
Take Route 101 west from Nashua/Bedford. At the set of traffic lights after the roundabout in Keene take a right onto Routes 10 and 12. Take the first exit to West Street. Go left onto West Street, proceed about a mile to the blinking light. The entrance to Wheelock Park is on the right, just past Plotkin Furniture
Ashuelot River Park
157 acre park including the Ashuelot River and adjoining wetlands
The main trail along the east side of the river begins at the West Street Entrance. The path extends north to the bike trail near the Route 9 bypass. At that point you can cross the bike path bridge and follow a much smaller trail along the west bank of the river north to the Tanglewood Estates trailer court or follow the paved bike path which continues on to Wheelock Park. The park was newly landscaped and rededicated in 1996.
To get there: Heading away from downtown Keene on West Street, pass the Colony Mill Marketplace on your left. Turn right at the next stoplight to park at the main entrance. You can also enter the park from the bike path between Wheelock Park and Court Street.
Maintained by the City of Keene Parks and Recreation Department
ASHUELOT RIVER PARK COBBLESTONES
Personalized, engraved cobblestones are available for a donation of $50 each. These stones are used to border the walkways and gardens in the park on West Street and are a nice way to honor loved ones, to contribute a gift for future generations to enjoy, and to reaffirm our sense of community pride.
Two names are allowed per stone. Checks are made payable to Friends of Ashuelot River Park and mailed c/o KPRD, 312 Washington Street, Keene, NH 03431. More information is available at the Recreation Center, 357-9829.
Beaver Brook Falls
A 26 acre preserve along Beaver Brook with a steep gorge and a waterfall
The abandoned highway leads uphill at a gentle incline with steep hills rising 200 feet or so on either side. There are many views of Beaver Brook cascading down the gorge. About one-half mile up the road, rocky cliffs overlook the falls.
To get there: Turn right onto the Old Concord Road off Washington St. and immediately left onto Washington Street extension. Park where this road ends at a metal gate.
41 acre developed park with surrounding woodlands
In 1886 George Wheelock bought the old West Keene fairgrounds and gave it to the City as Wheelock Park. The park is now a series of playing fields with a fringe of surrounding forest. There are also tennis courts, horseshoe courts, and playground equipment, a campground, a swimming pool and an ice hockey rink.
To get there: The park is located at 101 Park Avenue in West Keene.
Robin Hood Park and Forest
A 130 acre forest park with a pond
In 1889 George Wheelock donated 12 acres of land to be called "The Children's Wood". In 1896 he added 83 acres which he named Robin Hood Forest. The forest is located on a west-facing hillside with a scenic pond at its base. The park has numerous ledges and massive boulders. A small stream cascades into the pond. A maze of trails criss-crosses the park. The facilities include a swimming pool, tennis courts, playground equipment, picnic tables, park benches and a playing field. Bathrooms are open in the summer and the pond is groomed for skating in the winter. A detailed brochure on Robin Hood Forest and the Children's Wood is available from the City of Keene Parks and Recreation Department.
Greater Goose Pond Forest
A vast area of protected forest and a pond in north central Keene
An extensive forest with many brooks, wetlands and some trees that have been undisturbed since 1868. An excellent habitat for birds and mammals. Included in this area are Goose Pond, Drummer Hill and the Ministry Lot. The City of Keene created Goose Pond in 1868 as an additional water supply but stopped using the water in the 1930’s. Trails and old roads lead into this area from many directions. From the parking lot a trail leads uphill. It is an easy ten minute walk to the pond.
To get there: From Central Square take Court Street north to East Surry Road. The marked parking lot for Goose Pond is about half a mile up the road on the right.
- Ash Swamp Brook
- Beech Hill Preserve
- Central Square
- Dinsmoor Woods
- Ellis-Harrison Park
- Fuller Park
- Hickey-Desilets Park
- Ladies' Wildwood Park
- Shadow Lake
- Stearns Hill
- Three Mile Swamp