Foothills Foundation | Recreation Summit Press Release

For Immediate Release:

September, 14, 2021
Contact: Mark Hayes, 508.254.3039,

Newly formed Foothills Foundation to host public summit to discuss recreation assets and tourism
Public also encouraged to complete online survey

The Foothills Foundation is beginning the process of developing a Recreation Master Plan. The intent of this six-month process is to communicate the community’s vision for outdoor recreation and to capture a snapshot of the existing recreation and tourism assets in Northfield, Tilton, Franklin, and the surrounding areas of Belknap and Merrimack Counties. As the Foothills Foundation is a relatively new initiative, the plan will focus on identifying the most important needs to address, and help the foundation explore the best organizational structure to deliver on these needs into the future. The final document will create a framework for operations and collaboration for the Foothills Foundation and its many regional partners as they work towards developing the envisioned future recreation destination.

The Foothills Foundation invites the public to attend a visioning summit at Highland Mountain Bike Park to introduce the master planning process and discuss existing and desired recreation opportunities in the region. This event will take place on September 29th from 5:00-8:00pm. Drop-by anytime to learn about the project and provide your vision for recreational tourism. There will be no formal presentation as a part of this event. A public visioning survey will also be launched on September 29th for those who could not attend or wish to provide more in-depth feedback. The survey will be open throughout the month of October.

Find the project website and survey on

For a more in-depth look at the origins of the foundation and what it hopes to achieve, here is a link to an article with an interview with Mark: