Date Of Visit: July 29, 2017
Location: 105 Marcy St, Portsmouth, NH
Hours: open daily, sunrise to sunset
Parking: There is a parking lot located on Old Bay St as well as street parking throughout the area
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Dog Friendly: No
Website: Prescott Park
Highlights: flowers and plants, scenic, family friendly
Bursting with color and fragrances, Prescott Park is sure to impress even those with the faintest of green thumbs.
A gift from Sarah and Josie Prescott in 1940, Prescott Park has come a long way from its industrial beginnings. The highlight of the park, at least during the summer, has to be the garden that sits at the entrance by Old Bay St and Marcy St. But, Prescott Park has more than just flowers there.
Prescott Park is much more than the garden that I focused on during my visit. In fact, it is such a big area that they hold concerts with such popular artists as Aaron Neville and Valerie June and other events at the park. During my visit they were holding a children’s party where a play was being performed.
There are two memorials at Prescott Park. The first memorial is a fountain which is dedicated to a fountain dedicated to Charles Emerson Hovey, an Ensign in the United States Navy and Portsmouth, NH native, who was killed in action on September 24, 1911.
The next memorial is less obvious. A sign and anchor stand in front of the prominent flower bed at the front of the garden.
The sign in front of the flower bed states “A Salute To An Ordinary Hero.” This “ordinary hero” was Billy Juse, a New Hampshire native, who died in an underground tunnel while he was working on the Deer Island Project during the 1990’s. He was 34. Since he and another coworker, Tim Nordeen, died on the same day John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s body was recovered, his story was overlooked in the news. One solemn reminder remains in the park.
There are also view of the Piscataqua River, a popular spot for boating and kayaking.
There are benches, art and pretty trees and flowers on the way to the garden at Prescott Park.
Prescott Park has a variety of beautiful and colorful plants and flowers. Since we’ve had so much rain and
The flowers ranged from the common to the unique.
To the left in the photo is Pelargonium Geranium Timeless Orange (yeah they look red to me as well), To the right is the Pelargonium Geranium Timeless Pink. Yeah, I know all of the types of flowers in the world. Kidding. They all had their names neatly written on them on cards by the flower beds.
Now for the truly scary part of the tour. The dinosaurs have invaded Prescott Park. This is a great way to get kids interested and involved in viewing the flowers and plants at Prescott. I
Sadly, dogs are not allowed at the flower garden area of Prescott Park. But, I did see lots of dogs like Teddy, a 10 year old Pomeranian, passing by on Old Bay Street which is next to the flower garden.
Today’s featured link is a link to an article that appeared in the Boston Globe magazine about the tragedy on the Deer Island Project in which Billy Juse and some of his co workers perished: Deer Island Tragedy
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