In April of 2009 the City of Portsmouth Recreation Board, at the request of the City Council, completed the process of selecting a consultant team to conduct a Comprehensive Recreation Needs Study for the City of Portsmouth recreation fields and facilities. In early May of 2009 a consultant team lead by The Architectural Team, Inc. and including Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture, the Copley Wolff Design Group, Ballard*King & Associates and Water Technology, Inc. began the research, communication and community engagement required to meet the goals and objectives of the City Council, Recreation Board, and residents of Portsmouth. Work on the project included an overview of the existing recreation field and facility conditions, uses, programming, maintenance, operation and supervision, interaction with the community in a series of community meetings, stakeholder interviews and focus group sessions and assessment of the city’s needs, including recommendations for next steps. The following report is the final step in completing the Comprehensive Recreation Needs Study. The report summarizes the findings of the Consultant Team, documents the data collected, and presents the assessment of need and recommended next steps for the City of Portsmouth to meet that need.