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Reference: Market Square Day

Date of Release: June 7th, 2006

On Saturday, June 10th, 2006, from 4:00 AM through 6:00PM, the Chief of Police will be invoking his emergency powers and prohibiting parking on specific streets in the downtown area of the City of Portsmouth for the Market Square Day celebration.

This event will be produced by Pro Portsmouth.

Vehicles shall NOT be parked on the following streets or they will be towed at the owner's expense:
  • Pleasant Street from State Street to Market Square
  • Market Street from Bow Street to Market Square
  • Daniel Street from Chapel/Penhallow Streets to Market Square
  • Fleet Street from State Street to Hanover Street
  • Hanover Street from Market Street to Maplewood Avenue
  • Ladd Street for its entire length
  • Ceres Street from Bow Street to Private Way
  • High Street from Congress Street to Ladd Street
Vendors not licensed by Pro Portsmouth will not be allowed in the Market Square Day celebration area. Violators will be ticketed and towed.

The High/Hanover Parking Garage will have flat fees of five dollars from 5:00 AM-2:00 PM, and three dollars from 2:00 PM-5:00 PM.

Participants are urged to use the shuttle bus service that will run from the C & J Trailways overflow lot. The shuttle will make a circular route from 9:00 AM through 5:00 PM. The shuttle will drop off riders at Russell Street in front of the Sheraton Hotel. There will be NO COST for this shuttle ride.

The Market Square Day 10K Road Race will begin promptly at 8:58 am. The road race route is as follows:

  • Start Line is at The North Church
          Follow Congress Street & cross intersection to Islington
  • Take a left on Summer Street
  • Take a left on State Street
          Follow State Street all the way to the bridge to Kittery   
    Make a big U turn PAST small parking lot – DO NOT CROSS BRIDGE
  • Take a right on to Bow Street
  • Take a right on to Market Street
  • Take AN IMMEDIATE left on to Hanover Street
  • Take a right on to Maplewood Ave
  • Pass the Portsmouth Herald
  • Take a left on to Dennett Street
          Follow to end
  • Take a left on Woodbury Ave
  • Take a right on to Bartlett St
          Follow to end
  • Take a right on to Islington Street
  • Take a left on to Essex Ave.
  • Take a left on to Middle Road
  • At fork, bear to the right on to South Street
  • At the light take a left on to Middle Street
  • At the lights near the Masonic Temple take a right on to Miller Ave
  • At the lights take a left on South Street
          Follow to end
  • Take a left at the Olde Fish Market
  • Take AN IMMEDIATE right on to Marcy Street and follow to the finish
This race may cause periodic to significant delays in traffic.

Due to the expected crowds, pet owners are requested not to bring their pets, and skateboards, roller blades, scooters and bicycles will not be permitted.

There will be uniformed police officers present at the Market Square Day celebration to assist the public, and to ensure a safe environment for the participant's enjoyment. The Portsmouth Department of Public Works will also be assisting with barricades for street closures. This is an alcohol free event.

Please refer to the Pro Portsmouth web site at www.proportsmouth.org for a festival map and further information.

The Portsmouth Police contact for this event is Captain David “Lou” Ferland. Contact number will be 603-817-0735

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