Reimagine City Park

Provide Your Input

The City of Portsmouth is seeking public involvement in the development of a master plan to guide the phased renovation of City Park.

City Park is Portsmouth’s largest and most visited park. The City is in the process of creating a master plan that will guide future improvements to the park. As a citizen your input is critical to this process to ensure the park includes the amenities and spaces most important to the community.

Virtual Public Meeting

The City of Portsmouth hosted a Virtual Public Meeting on February 4. Please watch this recording if you were unable to attend. We value your input and ideas. The comment period for this phase of the project will be open until March 1.

Starting February 8th a hard copy map to provide public input for the master plan can be picked up at one of the locations below:

  • City Park Pro Shop – 5 Cpl. J.M. Williams Ave. – between 8am and 4pm
  • Cavalier Manor Recreation Center – 404 Viking Street – between 11am and 2pm
  • Neighborhood Facility Recreation Center – 900 Elm Avenue – between 11am and 2pm
  • J.E. Parker Recreation Center – 2430 Turnpike Road – between 11am and 2pm
  • Cradock Recreation Center – 308 Allen Road – between 11am and 2pm

If you cannot travel one of these locations a hard copy can be requested by calling (757) 393-8481. Public Input is due by March 1st, 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

A park master plan provides a long-range vision for the phased development of a park based on public input and identified community needs. The master plan will provide future direction for renovation and development of City Park. The City of Portsmouth is developing a master plan to ensure that future investments and improvements are made with community needs and desires in mind.

The master planning process will include input from the community to determine needs and desire of residents. The process includes evaluation of existing park elements, public engagement and input, and analysis of opportunities and constraints for future development. Results will include recommendations and cost estimate for the phased renovation of the park. A final master plan document will be produced and provided for public review and comment prior to City Council approval.

Public engagement is critical to the success of this master plan. The City encourages residents to review materials included on this website, participate in upcoming public events, and provide input through answering questions and posting comments.

The City and consultant team is aware that public engagement may be impacted due to recent events and has developed an engagement process that will provide opportunities online and in-person under safe conditions. The planning team appreciates your participation and encourages you to let other interested parties know of the opportunity to participate in this important project.

The City of Portsmouth has hired Kimley-Horn to lead the master planning process.

The consultant team is working with City staff to complete the master planning process in a 12-month timeframe. Targeted approval of the master plan report by City Council is August 2021.

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