Prescott Park, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA

Prescott Park is a popular ten-plus acre waterfront park. 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.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 of waterfront property along the Piscataqua River.

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