Prescott Park 'dark nights' promote park recuperation and noise relief
PORTSMOUTH — The Prescott Park Advisory Committee plans to hold a meeting in July to discuss having two "dark nights", nights with not events, a week during the 2018 summer season.
The committee discussed the idea of having two off nights a week for three reasons, committee chairman Thomas Watson said during the committee’s meeting Wednesday in City Hall.
“To me it comes down to the park physically needing periods of recuperation (and) the neighborhood needing to have relief from a lot of activity, whether it’s sound or traffic,” Watson said.
Seacoast Online reported that the third reason was to allow other users of the park to have a park that's not programmed.
“The issue of the dark nights is really focused on July and August because we live in the climate that we do, we have to squeeze everything in,” Watson added.
City manager John Bohenko advised the committee to his the issue "head on".
“We have to determine early on what are we going to allow, are we going to have one or two dark nights a week,” Bohenko said. “The rest of it’s going to be easy, to be honest ... Are we going to require two dark nights? That’s really going to be the key to really everything else happening out there.”
It was also reported that festival staff would work with city staff to maintain the lawn during the season, instead of "taking away these various community offerings."
The committee’s meeting with PPAF has not yet been scheduled.