Press Releases/What’s New


City of Portsmouth Prepares to Open Peirce Island Outdoor Pool on June 21

April 15, 2021

At the City Manager’s direction, the Recreation Department and DPW have worked with City Health Officer Kim McNamara to make several adjustments to the Peirce Island Outdoor Pool and bathhouse facility to allow the pool to open, by reservation, for the summer season, June 21 through August 20, 2021. The pool will be open from 11 am to 6 pm, seven days a week.


Criminal Threatening, Reckless Conduct and Endangering the Welfare of a Child

April 15, 2021

On April 13, 2021 at 11:57 pm, Portsmouth Police Patrol Officers were dispatched to a Ledgewood Drive apartment for the report of a person being threatened with a gun, which was subsequently fired by the suspect. Detectives processed the scene and determined two rounds had been fired that exited through the apartment window. Present in the room when the gun was fired was the victim and two minor children. No injuries were sustained by the victims. As a result of the investigation, the following individual was arrested:


Sergeant Promotion

April 12, 2021

On Thursday, March 4th, 2021, the Board of Police Commissioners voted unanimously to promote Officer Jordan Wells to the rank of Sergeant assigned to the Patrol Division. His appointment became effective on April 4th, 2021.



April 8, 2021

The City has completed contract documents and intends to go out to bid this week on the 95 Mechanic Street Seawall and Wharf Replacement project. The project is part of the City’s ongoing responsibility to maintain seawalls.



City Council Plans Site Visit to Bartlett Street Project on April 10 at 10 am

April 7, 2021

Members of the Portsmouth City Council are planning a site visit on Saturday, April 10 starting at 10 am to discuss a project proposed for 105 Bartlett Street. Members of the public who are interested in participating are welcome to join the Council at Paul McEachern Park at the end of Mill Pond Way. Parking is extremely limited onsite, so residents are encouraged to walk to the park.