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  • Prescott Park Master Plan Implementation Committee hosts public information meeting on Sept. 15

    PORTSMOUTH – The Prescott Park Master Plan Implementation Committee and  project consultant Weston & Sampson hosts a public information meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m.

    The purpose of the meeting is to provide an update on the preliminary project engineering work conducted by Weston & Sampson and to initiate a public feedback process on the next phase of implementing the Prescott Park Master Plan. Zoom registration information.

    In February 2017, the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Prescott Park concluded its work with the City Council’s adoption of the Prescott Park Master Plan following several years of public input and visioning sessions on the future of the park. After that, the City entered into a design contract with Weston & Sampson to perform preliminary engineering to implement the Master Plan and complete the first phase of the Master Plan design. 

    During the 2019 season, the consultant completed a topographical survey of the Park, a survey of the underground utility infrastructure and an assessment of the historic buildings. In addition, the consultants completed a tidal inundation and stormwater study to establish resiliency goals for the upgraded park. These initial enabling engineering tasks identified design questions for further analysis and public input.

    At its May 4, 2020 meeting, the City Council voted to reestablish the Prescott Park Blue Ribbon Committee to review and advise the City Council in their consideration of future phasing and design details. This Committee has worked with Weston & Sampson to prepare a public presentation on the results of the engineering studies for a discussion on next steps for Phase One of implementing the Master Plan detailed in the City’s Capital Improvement Program.

    The Sept. 15 meeting via Zoom kicks off this public discussion and introduces a process for collecting feedback on the project updates. No final report on the Phase One implementation has yet been issued.

    Full background details, records of public meetings, and documents from the Prescott Park Master Plan deliberation process. 

    CAPTION:  Prescott Park looking towards the Liberty Pole (credit David J. Murray/ClearEyePhoto.com)