Despite Neighbors' Concerns, Ice Rink 'A Go' In Portsmouth

Aug 12, 2014

A artist's rendering of Puddle Dock pond ice rink
Credit Strawbery Banke Museum

  It may seem warm out for talk of winter sports, but come December, ice skaters in Portsmouth will have a new outdoor rink for skating and ice hockey.

That’s the word from the Strawbery Banke Museum, which announced Tuesday it had surpassed its fundraising goal, bringing in almost $500,000 for the project.   

Sixteen neighbors of the museum fought the ice rink in court, citing concerns of noise and traffic.  A county judge dismissed the case in January.

Notable donors behind the new ice rink include the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Paul Holloway, and Senator Martha Fuller-Clark.  

Construction begins in autumn for the rink, which will be a temporary structure erected and disassembled annually.