Portsmouth, NH – Prescott Park Arts Festival has finalized a partnership agreement with the City of Portsmouth to begin construction of a new concessions and public bathroom facility.
The agreement provides for $200,000 in funding supplied by City along project management support for the demolition while Prescott Park Arts Festival (a private non-profit) will make a financial contribution of $1.1 million raised from individual donations and grants.
“The relationship between The City of Portsmouth and Prescott Park Arts Festival is often misunderstood; we are separate entities – the Festival operates on City property but is financially independent,” explains Ben Anderson, Executive Director of Prescott Park Arts Festival.  “We appreciate their commitment and support as we continue to invest in the park and make necessary capital improvements and safety upgrades.” 
With approximately $700,000 dollars in private donations raised including $100,000 in tax credits purchased by local businesses, Prescott Park Arts Festival is entering the final phase of its capital campaign.   Community support is now critical to completing the project.  Capital campaign Co-Chair, Sean Mahoney urges, “We still have some critical funds to raise – especially to meet a very generous challenge grant from The Thomas W Haas Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation.  We need to raise an additional $100,000 before the new year, to meet the challenge and stay on track to complete the campaign by March 31st.”
Former Portsmouth mayor and campaign Co-Chair, Steve Marchand reiterates, “This is a great time to remember all the wonderful evenings we have spent in Prescott Park enjoying cultural events with family and friends.  Our campaign is in a critical phase, and we need the community’s support to make sure we can complete the construction before the next season opens.  Please consider making a gift before the end of the year to help meet this $100,000 challenge.”
The Campaign will fund the construction of a new Pavilion building that will house an updated concession area and more public bathrooms. It will include the acquisition of a protective, removable stage covering, which will allow for upgrades to both lighting and sound. The immediate work to be accomplished will be demolition of the old Pavilion building, where the bathrooms and food concession has operated in the past. 
Claudette Baker, incoming Board Chair of Prescott Park Arts Festival explains how the upgrades to these facilities will impact audience members.  “We will go from tired, aging facilities to bathrooms with expanded capacity and a food concession area that will enable us to serve a much better quality of food.  That means shorter restroom lines during intermission and more, healthier food options.  This will be a significant improvement for everyone who enjoys Prescott Park.”
Contributions to the campaign may be made online at or sent via mail to Prescott Park Arts Festival, PO Box 4370, Portsmouth NH 03801.
Prescott Park Arts Festival, a non-profit organization, is the Seacoast’s premier outdoor performing arts venue, offering a uniquely accessible experience of high quality live theater and music -- no fixed admissions fees -- in an idyllic natural setting.

Photo Caption: Key members from the City of Portsmouth, Prescott Park Arts Festival Board of Directors and the Capital Campaign Committee stand in front of what remains of the old concessions building in Prescott Park. From left to right, Ben Anderson (Executive Director), Dave Allen (Deputy City Manager), Dan Plummer (PPAF Board of Directors and Campaign Committee), John Bohenko (City Manager), Aileen Dugan (PPAF Board of Directors), Claudette Barker (PPAF VP Board of Directors), Sean Mahoney (Capital Campaign Co-Chair), Steve Marchand (Capital Campaign Co-Chair), and Sandi Hennequin (PPAF President Board of Directors)