- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - City officials in Portsmouth have reached a tentative agreement to purchase 50 acres of land for $1.85 million to construct three new athletic fields.

Assistant City Manager David Moore tells The Portsmouth Herald (https://bit.ly/2aqJ9Wh ) that a preliminary yield study has already been conducted and city officials believe they could build three full-size regulation fields at the site.

Moore says plans call for the multi-use fields to be 360 feet by 225 feet and include lighting. He says officials aren’t set on what types of fields they’ll be.

City Manager John Bohenko says he’s excited by the purchase and that the city had been eyeing the property for a number of years.

About half of the land is wetlands, which Bohenko says Portsmouth will preserve for “passive recreation.”

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Information from: Portsmouth Herald, https://www.seacoastonline.com

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