Plans for NH State Parks Spark Public Reaction

The Union Leader (article by staff writer Paula Tracy) reports today the reaction is largely unfavorable to a plan that could result in possible management change or, even, liquidation of 27 NH state parks. “Reaction was swift and mostly negative yesterday to a proposal to possibly jettison 27 state parks,” Tracy reported.

Cardigan State Park, Wadleigh State Park in Sutton, and state-owned properties in Wilmot and Bradford could be affected.

Officials in at least two towns — North Hampton and Hollis — said they will discuss the idea of assuming control, if not ownership, of parks in their towns at upcoming selectmen meetings.

And Jeff Taylor, a former state official noticed that land containing a monument to one of his ancestors — Hannah Dustin’s Memorial in Boscawen — was on the list.

“We have a public entity with taxing authority and we can’t make this work? How is a nonprofit going to do it?” said Taylor, a planning consultant and former director of the Office of State Planning.

“There is a philosophical piece to this. How could we give away these assets? And it raises a broader question: rather than dispose of these, the state should be thinking of finding a way to fund these,” he said.

Yesterday, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported about plans to sell, transfer or give away 27 properties that officials say don’t meet their criteria for state parks. The list includes oceanside beaches, massive tracts of park land and mountains as well as small wayside parks.  Read more…

For more information, read 27 NH parks could be up for grabs (

To read the State plan and public hearing notice, visit NH State Parks

The 27, so-called vulnerable, parks are:
Ahern State Park, Laconia
Annett Wayside, Rindge
Bear’s Den, Gilsum
Bedell Bridge State Park, Haverhill
Bradford Pines, Bradford
Cardigan State Park, Orange
Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area, Chesterfield
Clough State Park, Weare
Eisenhower Memorial Wayside Park, Carroll
Endicott Rock, Laconia
Forest Lake State Park, Dalton
Gardner Memorial Wayside, Wilmot
Governor Wentworth Historic Site, Wolfeboro
Hannah Duston Memorial, Boscawen
Jenness State Beach, Rye
Kingston State Park, Kingston
Lake Tarleton State Park, Piermont
Madison Boulder Natural Area, Madison
Nansan Wayside Park, Milan
North Hampton State Beach
Pisgah State Park in Winchester, Hinsdale and Chesterfield
Plummer’s Ledge, Wentworth
Sculptured Rocks Natural Area, Groton
Silver Lake State Park, Hollis
Wadleigh State Park, Sutton
Wentworth State Park, Wolfeboro

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