Recreational Needs Study Update

Portsmouth High School field and track


The City of Portsmouth and the Recreation Department/Board are currently working on a study to determine the types of community services, sports and facilities the City needs to meet the demands of residents today and into the future. 




The Recreation Department and their consultants present the Recreation Needs Study Report at the City Council meeting March 7, 2023, 7 pm in City Hall Council Chambers.

Community Workshop Session #2, November 16, 2022, 6-8 PM at Community Campus, 100 Campus Drive. For an update on the findings from community engagement efforts, data collection and analyses. 


Summary of Workshop 2

Community Workshop Session #1. On May 26 a Community Workshop Session was held at the Senior Activity Center.


Summary of Workshop Discussion


The City of Portsmouth has launched a Comprehensive Recreational Needs Study project to update the City’s 2010 Recreational Needs Study (last revised in 2016). The project team includes the Recreation Director, DPW Director, Steering Committee, Recreation Board and consultants Placework-Horsley Witten Group.

To update the Recreational Needs Study, the team seeks to understand how residents utilize the City’s recreational facilities and programs, assess whether existing recreational facilities and programs are meeting the needs of the community and project trends in future recreational amenities, in order to define a comprehensive plan for the future of recreation in Portsmouth.

The scope of the project includes:

  • Data Collection and Analysis, including a review of the inventory of existing recreational programs and facilities, demographics, trends and level-of-service analyses
  • Public Engagement: public workshops and online community surveys
  • Needs Assessment: recommendations for improved spatial and operational relationships and efficiencies
  • Final Report

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