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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I get to Prescott Park?
A: Please click here for directions to Prescott Park.
Q: What happens if it rains? Are the events cancelled?
A: Inclement weather can be very dangerous to outside events (metal scaffolding, slippery surfaces, electrical sound system and microphones) and occasionally we have to cancel a show. We try to hold off cancelling an event until the last minute so that you can enjoy EVERY performance we have scheduled, but the weather is beyond our control. When we have to cancel an event, we will post a notice on the homepage of our web site, as well as record a voice message on our phone system (603.436.2848). Please call or check the website before coming down for an event.
Because many of our performers are only here for one night only, we often will shift their performances to a nearby location. In this case, the rain venue is posted on our website, on our phone message, and on an onstage sign.
Please note that all table/blanket reservations are non-refundable and non-transferable, but in the event of cancellation, may be transferred to an alternate date.
Q: I've never been to Portsmouth, NH. What are there for dining options in the area?
A: Boy, does Portsmouth have some great dining options for you! From breakfast to dinner, there are all flavors and options available. Enjoy great food in Prescott Park from our onsite restaurant, The Prop. You are also welcome to bring your own food and refreshments (no alcohol is allowed, as it is a public park owned by the city).
Q: Is there Boating at Prescott Park?
A: Publically available docking space is available at Prescott Park on the Piscataqua River in Portsmouth. Reservations are possible. The dock is governed by city ordinance. The dockmasters monitor VHF Channel 09, and notice of arrivals is requested. For detailed information, please visit http://www.cityofportsmouth.com/prescottpark/docks.htm
Q: What's the difference between Prescott Park and Prescott Park Arts Festival?
A: Prescott Park was created and has been maintained by the terms of the last will and testament of Josie F. Prescott, a lifelong resident of the City of Portsmouth. It was her wish that a public park, free and accessible to all, be established along the Portsmouth waterfront replacing what had become a run-down industrial area of Portsmouth.
Stretching along the Piscataqua River from lower State Street to Mechanic Street are over ten acres of flower gardens, walkways, seating, docking and grass areas all designed for public use and recreation. In the summer a "trial garden" is planted with over 500 flower varieties. There is a "formal garden" featuring trees and the sense of a park-within-a-park. In addition there are fountains, tree lined walkways, a flower wall and a separate rose garden for the public to view.
During the summer months, the Prescott Park Arts Festival organization is granted the rights to showcase artistic venues of music, theater and art in Prescott Park for all to enjoy.
Q: Are chairs and tables available to rent?
A: While you are free to bring your own lawn chair or blanket, tables and chairs are available to rent in our premium seating sections. Tables/Blankets are non-refundable, but in the event of cancellation, they may be transferred.
Please note: The City of Portsmouth has mandated that unattended blankets and chairs may not be put down in Prescott Park before 3 pm, or 4 hours before the start of an event. Prior to 3pm or 4 hours before the start of an event, unattended blankets and chairs will be removed. No tarps are allowed on the lawn at any time. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Additionally, if another performance is going on within this time period, we ask that you be respectful of those patrons and refrain from placing your blankets/chairs during the performance.
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Q: I'm getting married and would like to have my wedding in Prescott Park. Is this possible and who do I contact?
A: Prescott Park is open to weddings, but it is not Prescott Park Arts Festival that needs to be contacted. The park itself handles all wedding requests and permits. Please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.