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Prescott Park, Portsmouth

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Prescott Park is a ten-plus acre waterfront park in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States. The land was purchased in the 1930s by two sisters, Josie and Sarah Prescott. The sisters, public school teachers, had used an inheritance to systematically purchase and clear properties along the Piscataqua River. The sisters' goal was to create a public waterfront park, free and accessible to all, replacing what had become a run-down and seedy industrial area. In 1949 the Prescott sisters' trust was established with $500,000. The park was willed to the city of Portsmouth in 1954 for public enjoyment.
Prescott Park comprises over 10 acres (4.0 ha) of waterfront property along the Piscataqua River. Since 1974 it has hosted full outdoor productions of Broadway plays for family audiences during the summer months. There are also many flower gardens and water fountains maintained since the mid-1960s.

The park is directly across Marcy Street from the Strawbery Banke Museum.

The Players' Ring Theater is located in the park.
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  • We took a stroll in the morning before strawberry banke opened. It’s a pretty park with great views of the water. Very clean real restrooms too. 
    We took a stroll in the morning before strawberry banke opened. It’s a pretty park with great views of the water. Very clean real restrooms too.  more »
  • We wanted to see the marina- before we did we discovered the pleasure of prescott park- beautiful gardens and scenery-- while we were walking we got excellent views of the water- we saw the marina... 
    We wanted to see the marina- before we did we discovered the pleasure of prescott park- beautiful gardens and scenery-- while we were walking we got excellent views of the water- we saw the marina...  more »
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  • An unique asset of Portsmouth. This 10 acre site showcases spectacular gardens, formal and educational. Rental boat slips are available, as well as being the 'home' to the Gundalow. Prescott Park Arts Festival is an independent organization presenting music, arts, theatre, and dance since 1974.
  • Pleasant park for a short stroll. No animals permitted. Nice to see community flower beds. A bit of history along the Portsmouth River front.

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