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The present North Church in Market Square, Portsmouth, was completed in 1855. Serious restoration of the steeple was started in April of 2006. A violent July storm brought down the scaffolding and much of the old timbers; fortunately no one was hurt. A dedication of the completed restoration was held on May 20, 2007. This view is from the west, overlooking High Street.(Bill Veazey photo)

As Hampton Beach goes,
so goes the state park system

By Judy Palm
With the State of New Hampshire so short of money, why is N.H. spending $14.5 million on renovating Hampton Beach? A look at how N.H. parks are funded would seem to suggest an answer. More than 90 park and recreation sites are under the jurisdiction of the Department of Parks and Recreation. In 1991 the Legislature adopted a model for parks which relies solely on annual profits from park and ski operations to fund the needs of all the sites. according to the Parks and Recreation Department.

No other State Park System in the United States attempts to fund operations in this manner. However, sufficient funding has been infrequently achieved.

The Seacoast region has 11 of the sites:
Wallis Sands State Park
Rye Harbor State Park
Odiorne Point State Park
North Hampton State Park
Fort Stark Historic Site
Fort Constitution Historic Site
Hampton Beach State Park
Wentworth Coolidge Historic Site
White Island Historic Site
North Beach, Hampton
Jenness State Beach

Hampton Beach State Park is one of the major contributors to the funding of all state parks. Money is raised from parking meters, entrance fees and from spending within some of the parks and camp sites. Hampton Beach State Park, the Hampton Seashell and the Park Patrol had a combined 2009 net revenue of $1,415,123. The only facility which comes close to those figures is the Flume with a 2009 net revenue of $1,112,951. The total net revenue brought in by all parks combined was $3,410,250. This makes Hampton Beach the backbone of the Park revenue system.

Governor Lynch
(Judy Palm photos)

John Nyhan

Nancy Stiles

Beverly Hollingsworth
With the renovation of the Hampton Beach facilities the state is hoping to draw more people to the area — and thus more revenue. An added advantage is that the greater Hampton business community sends thousands of dollars in room and meals taxes from their hotels and businesses each year. It is believed this new complex will generate 20% more revenue to the state of New Hampshire.

Beginning this rejuvenation of the beach is what brought Governor John Lynch, State Rep. Nancy Stiles, State Rep. Susan Kepnes, chairman of the Hampto Beach Area Commission John Nyhan and many other business and political figures to the Marine Memorial statue at Hampton for the groundbreaking ceremony on May 5. The two new bathhouses are already under construction. Work will begin on the new Seashell and Visitor Center after the Seafood Festival in September. Completion is expected by fall, 2011.

Brian Warburton, South/Seacoast Regional Superintendent, Division of Parks, N.H. Department of Resources and Economic Development, stated: "We need to provide better facilities and a better customer experience. By doing this reconstruction of the Hampton seashell complex and adding two new state-of-the-art bathrooms, plus walkways, shaded structures, new entertainment stage, etc, more people will utilize our already overtaxed facilities and enjoy Hampton beach in a better way. Our staff does a great job with what we have to work with. Our buildings and facilities are old and tired … We are very excited about this project. Our great staff of seashell workers, park patrol, lifeguards, local community members, volunteers will all be proud.”

Who comes to Hampton Beach and State Park?  More than half of the visitors are from New Hampshire. Of the out-of-state visitors half are from Massachusetts. The percentages are as follows:
New Hampshire 56%
Massachusetts 22%
Maine 4%
Rhode Island 3%
New York 3%
Connecticut 3%
Vermont 2%
New Jersey 1%
Pennsylvania 1%
other 5%

      (The following items are by members of the "Rye Reflections" staff.)


Seagulls lined the rocks at Concord Point when the Lynx slinked through the fog on the way to Portsmouth a few days before its Memorial Day weekend appearance. (Hank McFarland photo)


  • OPENINGS — Some small business activity in Rye: (1) The Pannaway Cafe & Restaurant is fully functioning in the Rosewood shopping center at 150 Lafayette Road, offering a menu with everything from stone-baked pizza to seafood and steaks. The co-owners, who also operate The Sandpiper summers opposite the state beach, recently opened a patio for diners at the Pannaway, named after the original settlement in Rye.(2) Linda LaRose and daughter-in-law Danielle have opened Sweet Caroline's thrift shop at 14 Sagamore Road, open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday through Sunday. (3) The new Rye General Store, which opened in mid May, is getting good reviews from patrons for its breakfasts and lunches, its decor, and some limited outdoor seating.

  • Pannaway Cafe and Restaurant

    Sweet Caroline Thrift Shop.


    Two calves are now bouncing around the pasture at Sea View Farms on Brackett Road while the full-grown buffaloes are more ponderous in their grazing. This is the third year the buffalo have roamed the farm owned by Roland and Kimberly Brewer. Click here for earlier Rye Reflections' story. (Bill Veazey photo)


    Fifth-Anniversary Reflections:

    Rye Reflections published its first edition in June, 2005, and has been covering the waterfront, so to speak, with regularity ever since.

    This is not just an online publication that serves its readers but it also is a vehicle for participation by anyone in the Seacoast area, young or old. Again this year we are proud to publish poems from the Rye Elementary School, just as we have benefited by the talents of students from the Junior High School or residents at Webster at Rye. You too can join in the fun.

    You may submit letters via Feedback on the Front Page or submit articles for consideration (no fiction, please) in any form--via email or in printout or typed form that may be given to one of our regular staff members (see Who We Are) or dropped off at the Library.

    Better still, come to a meeting on any Thursday at 1 p.m. in the lower-level Community Room at the Rye Public Library where we discuss story ideas, review photo submissions. Come and see what it is like. Bring your ideas. Or just come and listen. No one has been bitten at one of our meetings yet.

    We continue to try to improve our story quality, photos, artwork and computer applications. We can use help on all fronts. Recently we have added an email icon at the end of each story. Click on it, and you can forward a story to someone you think might enjoy reading it. We also have added a Search slot at the bottom of the Front Page as well as at the bottom of each story. Enter search terms, and our system will search only those stories that have appeared through the years in Rye Reflections.

    We've come a long way in five years, but with more input and more participation, we can publish a more compelling and more useful reflection on Rye and the Seacoast, past and present.


    Buzzing bee bores into lush rhododendron. (Judy Palm photo)

    Quick index to last two years of Rye Crisp …


    June, 2010