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August 12, 2019

The garden tours are offered at 11 am and 2 pm on August 16 and 23. The one-hour tour starts at the Liberty Pole on Marcy Street and then explores the extensive garden beds of the South Lawn and the formal garden planted around the anchor at the end of Prescott Park closest to the river.



August 12, 2019

Since 2006, the Welfare Department has been conducting a back to school drive to assure that every child in the City of Portsmouth has the tools they need to begin a successful school year. The first day of school is just a few short weeks away. We are always in need of sturdy backpacks for older kids. Currently, we are low on markers, pencil sharpeners, and dividers for three ring binders. Thank you for your generosity.


State Sets PFAS Water Quality Standards

July 19, 2019

State of New Hampshire Approves New Standards for Four PFAS Compounds

The City of Portsmouth is currently in compliance with current and proposed drinking water standards for Perflourinated compounds (PFAS).


US Route 1 Corridor Improvements - Informational Meeting

July 15, 2019

On Thursday, July 25th, at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, NH Department of Transportation hosted an informational meeting to discuss roadway improvements along U.S. Route 1, from Constitution Avenue to Wilson Road, and Ocean Road to White Cedar Boulevard. 


City Announces Installation of Flexible Bollards for Middle Street Bike Lanes

June 28, 2019

City DPW crews will be installing bollards for the Middle Street bike lanes the week of July 1. The bollards are a critical safety feature of the bike lane design, as they serve to keep vehicles out of the bike lanes and to provide protection to bicyclists. In response to concerns expressed regarding the previous bollards, only about half the number of bollards will be installed this year, and will only be placed in critical locations where it is necessary to ensure safety of bicyclists and to guide traffic around parked vehicles.


City Offices closed in observance of Independence Day

June 27, 2019

July 4th - July 5th

In observance of Independence Day, Portsmouth City Hall, the Library, Department of Public Works, Senior Activity Center and Connie Bean Center will be closed on Thursday, July 4th.  The Library will close early, at 5 p.m., on July 3rd.  On Friday, July 5th, City Hall will remain closed.



June 27, 2019

The City of Portsmouth and Wilcox Industries will be sponsoring the annual fireworks display on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at the South Mill Pond across from the Portsmouth City Hall beginning at 9:15 p.m. sharp; the rain date is scheduled for Friday, July 5th at the same time. This celebration is an alcohol-free, family event. 


2019 Statistical Revaluation

June 24, 2019

The City of Portsmouth is currently undergoing a Statistical Revaluation of Residential and Commercial properties throughout the City for the 2019 tax year.  A presentation was held June 17, 2019, before the Portsmouth City Council discussing the preliminary analysis by Vision Government Solutions which was recorded and can be


Electric Vehicle Charging Station Fees

June 14, 2019

Pursuant to approval of proposed FY20 Parking Fees, the following changes to all City of Portsmouth EV Charging Stations will take effect July 1st, 2019:

Hourly Rate 1-4 hours:                      $1.25/hour