Celebrate Earth Month in Portsmouth

Earth Day is 4/22 & Arbor Day is 4/26

Celebrating Earth Day and Arbor Day throughout April


Throughout the month of April, we will be sharing our sustainable announcements and Arbor Day event details below! *Please note that our Arbor Day celebration has been rescheduled for Friday, May 10th due to weather conditions. 

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Parks and Greenery Department to host Arbor Day event at Community Campus Friday, May 10th

April 24, 2019

The City will also be celebrating Arbor Day on Friday, May 10th, from 7:30 a.m. to noon at Community Campus. Meeting Tree City USA requirements, the Parks and Greenery Department holds an annual event to observe Arbor Day and issues a proclamation. Please read the full press release here

Open Space Plan

Planning Department announces Open Space Plan and upcoming public meetings

April 22, 2019

The City’s Open Space Plan will aim to improve public access to, increase use and stewardship of, and improve connectivity between open space assets city-wide. The Plan will support the Master Plan goal of managing existing and acquiring additional open spaces for passive recreation and environmental preservation. Please read full details here.

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Portsmouth receives Silver Walk Friendly Community designation

April 16, 2019

The Walk Friendly Communities program (WFC) has awarded Portsmouth with its Silver Level Walk Friendly accreditation due to the City’s work in prioritizing pedestrians and creating safer, comfortable and inviting places to walk. Other communities recognized this year by WFC include San Francisco, California, who received Platinum Level, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Lakeland, Florida, who received Bronze Level. Please read the full press release here

Marsh Lane tree planting

Portsmouth's Parks & Greenery Department receives two awards from the Arbor Day Foundation

April 12, 2019

The Arbor Day Foundation recently awarded Portsmouth’s Parks and Greenery Department, led by arborists Corin Hallowell and Charles Baxter, with its Tree City USA designation as well as its Tree Growth Award. Portsmouth and Nashua were the only communities in New Hampshire to receive a Tree Growth Award. Please read the full press release here.


Middle School students showcasing their sustainable projects Wednesday, April 17th

April 12, 2018

The Portsmouth Middle School Quest 8 students invite the public to attend an event at their school on Wednesday, April 17th to view their progress on their sustainable projects that aim to develop models related to making our City more sustainable by the year 2030. Please read the full announcement here.  

Portsmouth High School's Solar Array

City hosts a University of New Hampshire fellow to update greenhouse gas inventory

April 10, 2019

The City of Portsmouth’s Sustainability Department recently welcomed a University of New Hampshire (UNH) student to join staff as part of a fellowship program in partnership with the University’s Sustainability Institute. Please read the full press release here

Zagster bike

Business sponsorships allow for three stations to be added to Zagster bike fleet this spring

April 8, 2019

Portsmouth residents, employees and visitors will now be able to enjoy the use of ten Zagster bike share stations throughout the City thanks to the sponsorships offered by several local businesses. Please read the full press release here.

North Mill Pond Trail Rendering

City moves forward with conceptual design of North Mill Pond Trail

April 3, 2019

After a public meeting at the end of 2018, followed by a February 2019 work session with the Conservation Commission, the City of Portsmouth is finalizing the conceptual design developed for the North Mill Pond Trail. Read the full press release here.

Bird platform

Bird platform installed at Peirce Island

April 1, 2019

Public Works crews recently installed a platform ideal for eagle or osprey nesting behind the Peirce Island Wastewater Treatment Facility. Read the full press release here.