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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 donated to the city of Portsmouth by two sisters, Josie and Sarah Prescott in 1940. 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.
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 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 »
  • This park is small but really pretty. We spent a total of 15 minutes there on our way from Portland to Boston, but we're glad we stopped (even though it was raining). Strawberry Banke Museum is right....  more »
  • What a fantastic day with my hubby. A beautiful stroll through all the gardens and the play going on was beauty and the beast-- FANTASTIC!!! We walked the memorial bridge and watched as the boats were traveling under , sat on a few benches and we had brunch at Colby's which again... fantastic, we had a fabulous waiter and it was a fantastic meal. What started as a quick trip took us for the day.. we loved it
  • My wife and I came to Prescott Park for the Wood Brothers concert. It was part of the summer concert series. If you've ever seen the Wood Bros live I don't really need to say much, as they are always awesome. I was very impressed with the park and the concert series as a whole. They do a wonderful job putting this on. Very well organized. The concession stands have a great menu. You can get anything from Ice Cream (a wide variety of quality ice creams to select from) to Curry Fries, Tacos (Fish, Chicken and Tofu), Burgers, Fish n' Chips, Funnel Cakes, Popcorn and Drinks, just to name a few. We reserved a table, which was well worth the money. We'll be going back in a couple of days for Warren Haynes and more than likely will be getting a seasons pass for next summer. I can't say enough good things about the Prescott Park Arts Festival!

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