Recent News and Announcements

Below are the City of Dover's most recent announcements.

  • Dover to open cooling centers during hot, humid weather

    posted on: 7/18/2019

    With an anticipated heat wave in the forecast, the City of Dover will open cooling centers this weekend, Friday through Sunday. The cooling centers are located in the McConnell Center cafeteria and at the Public Library. The cooling centers will be open during regular hours at both facilities. The McConnell Center is open Friday, July 19, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Public Library is open Friday, July 19, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Library is closed on Sunday.

    The McConnell Center cooling center can be accessed by using Door #3 and checking in at the Recreation Department front desk for directions.

    For those unable to utilize the McConnell Center or Library cooling centers during regular hours, the air-conditioned lobby of the Police Station at 46 Chestnut St. and the City's three fire stations are also available for temporary relief from the heat. The Liberty North End Fire Station is located at 262 Sixth St. The Central Fire Station is located at 9-11 Broadway. The South End Fire Station is located at 25 Durham Road. The Police and Fire departments are also available to assist those who need transportation to one of the cooling centers.

    For those who need emergency shelter, please contact the Dover Police Department at 742-4646, or visit the Dover Police Department or any of the City's three fire stations to request assistance. For emergencies, dial 911.

    The Jenny Thompson Outdoor Pool is also open this week. Public swimming hours are Monday through Friday, 12 to 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.

    Significant heat and humidity is expected to arrive in Dover on Friday, July 19 and continue through Sunday, July 21. Temperatures during this period will reach the mid-90s and higher, with a heat index expected to reach 100 degrees or more, and up to 115 degrees on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible.

  • Dover joins National Night Out Aug. 6

    posted on: 7/17/2019

    Chief William M. Breault of the Dover Police Department is pleased to announce that the Dover Police Department will participate in National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019 in Henry Law Park. The event will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and is free to the public. National Night Out is a time for community members to meet with police officers, discuss issues, learn what the police do, and unite with the common goal of crime prevention and safety.

    The public will be able to see some of the specialized equipment and vehicles that the police use on a daily basis. These will include a police cruiser, the police motorcycle, the crime scene and mobile command vehicles along with our tactical rescue vehicle. Several officers including the mounted patrol and our K9 officer will be at the event and interacting with the public. National Night Out will also feature firefighters and fire apparatus from the Dover Fire and Rescue Department.

    "The Dover Police Department recognizes the importance of getting to know the members of our community and the value of positive police-community partnerships," said Chief Breault. "National Night Out is an excellent opportunity for police officers, firefighters and community members to meet and interact. This goes a long way toward solving community problems together."

  • Cochecho Arts Festival kicks off July 12

    posted on: 7/11/2019

    The 33nd annual Cochecho Arts Festival kicks off Friday, July 12, 2019 at 6 p.m., at the Rotary Arts Pavilion, Henry Law Park. The show opens with Joel Cage at 6 p.m., part of the Federal Savings Bank Friday Night Openers series, followed by LUX at 7 p.m, part of the Liberty Mutual Headliner series.

    LUX is a funky, quirky, entertaining, and energetic quintet from Massachusetts.

    The Dover Community Band will also perform as part of the festival on Thursday, July 11, at 7:30 p.m., at the Rotary Arts Pavilion.

  • Dover Main Street serves up Restaurant Week

    posted on: 7/5/2019; updated: 7/10/2019

    Experience some of Dover's finest food and delectable dining during Dover Main Street's annual Restaurant Week, July 13 through July 20, 2019.

    During Dover Restaurant Week, participating restaurants serve up special breakfast, lunch and dinner menus at affordable, fixed prices, all featuring some of the city's tastiest cuisine. Choose from a variety of specially priced meals, including three-course, prix-fixe dinner menus at either $16.95, $24.95 or $29.95; two-course, prix-fixe lunch menus at $16.95; and varied breakfast menus at some locations.

    No matter the palette, Dover Restaurant Week is the right recipe for everyone, from classic cuisine to epicurean delights from all corners of the globe.

    This year's participating restaurants include Thompson's 2nd Alarm, Blue Latitudes, Cara's Irish Pub, Christopher's Third Street Grille, Cinco de Mayo Bar and Grill, Ember Wood Fired Grill, Harvey's Bakery, La Festa Brick and Brew, Oriental Delight, Roost, and Wing Itz.

    "Dover Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to experience some of Dover's tastiest cuisine, all prepared at locally owned restaurants," said Erin Tellez, Chair of the Dover Main Street Board. "As Dover continues to grow and thrive, so does the quality and variety of our dining experience. Whether you're visiting for the first time or supporting some of your favorite Dover destinations, Dover Restaurant Week will leave you satisfied."

  • Henry Law Avenue to close July 10 and 11

    posted on: 7/8/2019

    DeStefano & Associates, the general contractor for Hellenic Realty Partners’ renovation of the former Foster’s building at 333 Central Avenue, will close Henry Law Avenue just north of Williams Street on two days this week to accommodate the installation of underground conduit.

    The first block of Henry Law Avenue, from Washington to Williams streets, will be closed to all through traffic between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day, on Wednesday, July 10 and Thursday, July 11, 2019. A detour will be in place via Williams Street for access to the Dover Indoor Pool, Children’s Museum of New Hampshire and Central Towers parking lots.

    Henry Law Avenue parking permit holders will be able to park on upper Henry Law Avenue on Wednesday and Thursday, except in areas specifically posted with no parking signs or when the road is physically obstructed by material deliveries or equipment.

  • Holiday hours for city offices and facilities

    posted on: 6/30/2019; updated: 7/3/2019

    City administrative offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Thursday, July 4, and Friday, July 5, 2019, for the Independence Day holiday. Regular hours will resume on Monday, July 8.

    The Public Library will close at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, and will be closed on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5. The Library will open again on Saturday, July 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    The McConnell Center Fitness Center and Dover Ice Arena will be closed Thursday, July 4. Both facilities will be open regular hours on Friday, July 5.

    The Dover Indoor Pool will be open regular hours on July 4 and 5.

    The Jenny Thompson Outdoor Pool will be open regular hours on Thursday, July 4. The Outdoor Pool will be closed to public swimming from Friday, July 5 through Sunday, July 7, for a swim meet.

    The Dover Community Senior Center at the McConnell Center will be closed Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5.

    Inspection Services, located at the Liberty North End Fire Station, will be closed on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5. Regular hours will resume on Monday, July 8.

    Curbside trash and recycling pickup will be delayed by one day Thursday for the remainder of the week. For more information, contact Community Services at 516-6450.

    The Recycling Center on Mast Road will be closed on Thursday, July 4.

    Independence Day, Thursday, July 4, is a parking holiday. Metered parking is not required on parking holidays.

  • Founding Fathers return to Dover for the reading of the Declaration of Independence

    posted on: 7/2/2019

    Declaration of IndependenceDover kicks off Independence Day with its annual reading of the Declaration of Independence on Thursday, July 4, 2019. Garrison Players Arts Center performers Don Briand as John Adams, Tom Dunnington as Benjamin Franklin and Mike Pomp as Thomas Jefferson will read the Declaration at 9 a.m. on the steps of Dover City Hall (288 Central Ave). Mayor Karen Weston will also speak.

    This is the 19th year the Garrison Players have been a part of the Dover Independence Day celebration.

    Garrison Players Arts Center (GPAC) is a nonprofit, volunteer-based community theatre group dedicated to enriching the cultural life of the area by presenting high-quality theatrical performances geared for family audiences. Established in 1953, the players encourage people of all ages to enjoy and participate in the many facets of the performing arts, and to help maintain the Garrison Players Arts Center.

  • Dover celebrates 4th of July with music and fireworks

    posted on: 6/28/2019

    The City of Dover’s annual 4th of July fireworks display will be held on Thursday, July 4, 2019. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.

    Henry Law Park and the surrounding downtown areas are the best locations to view the fireworks.

    The fireworks display will be preceded by a performance of the 39th Army Band at the Rotary Arts Pavilion, from 7 to 9 p.m. Food and novelty vendors will be available at Henry Law Park.

    The rain date for the fireworks display is Friday, July 5, 2019.

  • Dover Police Department announces Virtual Neighborhood Watch

    posted on: 6/27/2019

    Chief William Breault of the Dover Police Department is pleased to announce a new program that will help strengthen the partnership between the police and the public while helping officers investigate cases more efficiently.

    The new program is called “Virtual Neighborhood Watch” and it is intended to help solve crimes and keep our community safe. Due to advances in technology, security cameras are less expensive, easy to install, and more prevalent than before. Many businesses and homeowners have security cameras, which means those cameras could inadvertently be a witness to a crime nearby. Virtual Neighborhood Watch (VNW) allows residents and business owners who have surveillance cameras to register their addresses or businesses with the Dover Police Department.

    The Dover Police Department is not asking for live access to camera systems. The Dover Police Department will not monitor the security cameras. We will only contact registered participants if a crime occurs in or around their neighborhood to see if the cameras captured what took place. By getting this information to the police as soon as possible, it will help the investigating officers solve crimes faster and more efficiently.

  • Chestnut Street remains closed at railroad crossing

    posted on: 6/27/2019

    Work will continue Friday, June 28, on the rail line at the Chestnut Street crossing. The work is being conducted by a private contractor hired by Pan Am Railways. While the work continues, Chestnut Street at the crossing remains closed.

    The rail line has been replaced and rail service has resumed, but road work at the crossing, including paving, has not yet been completed. The remaining road work will be completed by noon on Friday, at which time Chestnut Street will reopen.

    The road was expected to open today, but due to a water main break caused by the private contractor and the subsequent repairs, the rail crossing work was delayed. Road work and paving operations are expected to begin at the crossing at 7 a.m. on Friday, and conclude by noon.

    While the work continues, motorists are urged to seek alternate routes.

    Businesses on Third Street west of Chestnut Street are open and accessible from Grove Street, via Fourth Street. Businesses on Third Street, east of Chestnut Street, will be open and accessible from Fourth Street and Central Avenue, and via Chestnut Street northbound.

  • State lifts cyanobacteria advisory for Willand Pond

    posted on: 6/27/2019

    The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) has lifted a cyanobacteria advisory for those who recreate on Willand Pond.

    The advisory had been in effect since June 19 after testing confirmed elevated levels of cyanobacteria, a blue-green algae. Subsequent testing of the water confirmed the pond has returned to acceptable levels.

    DES routinely monitors public beaches and public waters of the state for cyanobacteria.

  • Chestnut Street to close at railroad crossing June 25 to 27

    posted on: 6/20/2019

    Chestnut Street will be closed to all traffic at the railroad crossing from Tuesday, June 25 to Thursday, June 27, 2019 while Pan Am Railways replaces the rail line.

    While the road is closed, businesses on Third Street west of Chestnut Street will be open and accessible from Grove Street, via Fourth Street. Businesses on Third Street, east of Chestnut Street, will be open and accessible from either direction, but the intersection of Third and Chestnut streets will be closed to westerly traffic.

    Northbound traffic on Chestnut Street, with the exception of local traffic, is encouraged to use Washington Street in either direction to avoid the railroad crossing.

    Southbound traffic on Chestnut Street will be required to use Fourth Street in either direction to avoid the crossing.

  • Road and parking striping continues

    posted on: 6/19/2019

    Crews striping the city's roadways and parking areas will continue painting operations this week.

    The citywide striping work typically begins at 9 p.m. each weeknight and continues until 5 a.m. the follwing morning.

    While these crews are at work, drivers should use caution and be aware of road cones and striping vehicles. The work may cause some traffic delays.

  • State issues cyanobacteria advisory for Willand Pond

    posted on: 6/19/2019

    High levels of cyanobacteria have been measured at Willand Pond, which spans Dover and Somersworth. As a result, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) has issued a cyanobacteria advisory for those who recreate on Willand Pond. The water is not suitable for wading or swimming, and all pets should be kept out of the water. DES advises recreational users to avoid contact with the water in areas experiencing elevated cyanobacteria cell conditions typically where water has a surface scum or blue-green flecks.

    Anyone who comes into contact with blue-green scum should rinse off with fresh water.

    DES routinely monitors public beaches and public waters of the state for cyanobacteria. DES monitors public waters issued cyanobacteria warnings on a weekly basis until the cyanobacteria standards are again met.

  • Use caution at Willand Pond while water is tested for algae

    posted on: 6/18/2019

    After some fish washed ashore at Willand Pond, the City of Dover has contacted the State Department of Environmental Services and New Hampshire Fish and Game, who will test the water for a possible algae bloom.

    Until an analysis is complete, and out of an abundance of caution, recreational users of Willand Pond are encouraged to avoid contact with the water. This includes keeping pets away from the water, especially if there are areas with surface scum or blue-green or bright green flecks.

  • Chestnut Street to close at railroad crossing June 25 to 27

    posted on: 6/17/2019

    Chestnut Street will be closed to all traffic at the railroad crossing from Tuesday, June 25 to Thursday, June 27, 2019 while Pan Am Railways replaces the rail line.

    While the road is closed, businesses on Third Street west of Chestnut Street will be open and accessible from Grove Street, via Fourth Street. Businesses on Third Street, east of Chestnut Street, will be open and accessible from either direction, but the intersection of Third and Chestnut streets will be closed to westerly traffic.

    Northbound traffic on Chestnut Street, with the exception of local traffic, is encouraged to use Washington Street in either direction to avoid the railroad crossing.

  • City partners with Eversource and Unitil to help local businesses save energy

    posted on: 6/14/2019

    The City of Dover is partnering with Eversource and Unitil to launch an energy efficiency campaign that will help local businesses reduce their energy costs and impact on the environment. Teams of energy efficiency experts representing the local energy companies will begin visiting businesses in the community next week offering free energy analyses, energy-efficient equipment upgrades and facility improvements.

    “The cost savings businesses achieve through energy efficiency upgrades directly impacts their bottom line, providing them with a competitive edge for future growth,” said Dover City Manager J. Michael Joyal. Jr. “Our partnership with Eversource and Unitil will allow Dover businesses to focus on their core mission while local experts work to save them money and energy, supporting economic development and the advancement of clean energy in New Hampshire.”

    Energy efficiency experts will be in the community meeting with business owners to provide more information about the energy efficiency campaign and to schedule energy analyses from Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 21. Businesses that participate may qualify for significant incentives toward the installation of interior and exterior LED lighting, refrigeration controls, programmable thermostats, water saving devices and insulation. Additionally, participating businesses may be eligible to receive interest-free financing to support their investment in these valuable energy efficiency upgrades.

  • Portion of Alumni Drive to close June 19

    posted on: 6/10/2019

    Alumni Drive, from Durham Road to the main entrance of Dover High School, will close weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning Wednesday, June 19, 2019. The closure is to accommodate site work at the location of the former high school.

    While this work is under way, access to the high school will be via Bellamy Road only.

    The restriction is expected to remain in place through July 26.

  • Public Works memorial in Concord includes Dover name

    posted on: 6/7/2019

    Members of Dover's Community Services recently attended the dedication of a memorial to Public Works employees who died while working as public servants. The memorial, which honors 36 state, county and municipal employees, is located on Hazen Drive in Concord.

    Among the names on the memorial is Rudulf Demers. Demers was a Dover Public Works employee who died in a tragic work accident in July 2, 1971. Members of his family were also in attendance at the memorial's dedication.

    Dozens of municipal and state employees attended the dedication ceremony on June 5. Public works vehicles from across the state lined the street around the memorial.

  • Parking prohibited on portion of Second Street overnight Thursday

    posted on: 6/5/2019

    The north side of Second Street will be posted for no overnight parking on Thursday, June 6 into Friday morning, June 7, to allow Community Services to paint parking spaces. The restriction will be removed once the process is complete, no later than 6 a.m.

    All other parking areas will be available during this time.

    For more information, contact Community Services at 516-6450.

  • Pavement striping to continue

    posted on: 6/1/2019; updated: 6/3/2019

    Pavement marking and striping will continue into June. The work was expected to be complete by May but delayed due to the weather over the last several weeks. The work is being conducted by contractors hired by the City of Dover and mostly occurs overnight.

    The work includes parking and crosswalk markings. The work involves crews on the ground and a striping truck.

    For more information, contact Community Services at 516-6450.

  • Whale’s Tail installation atop Dover Indoor Pool is June 4

    posted on: 5/31/2019; updated: 6/3/2019

    The City of Dover, The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire and the friends and family of Martha Cox announce the long-awaited installation of the Dale Rogers Whale’s Tail sculpture atop the Dover Indoor Pool on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. The installation was originally scheduled for June 5 but changed due to the weather forecast.

    The unique 26-foot long and 10-foot high stainless steel rendition of a full size whale diving into the roof of the Indoor Pool was designed and constructed by famed steel sculptor Dale Rogers of Haverhill, Mass. It will be attached to the structure of the building facing Henry Law Avenue and the Henry Law Park Adventure Playground.

    The sculpture was commissioned by an anonymous donor, in coordination with the City, Children’s Museum and Cox family, during the development and construction of the Adventure Playground, which opened June 24, 2017. The playground was dedicated in memory of lifelong Dover resident Martha Cox, as noted on an engraved marker at the park’s entrance. The donation of the sculpture was accepted by the Dover City Council in 2018 and plans for its installation have been in the works for over a year.

  • Yard Sale benefits Dover Mounted Patrol

    posted on: 5/29/2019

    The annual Dover Mounted Patrol Benefit Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, June 1, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Mounted Patrol Stables, 75 Cocheco St., Dover.

    Antiques, household items, home decor, books, mounted apparel, and horseshoe items and crafts will be for sale.

    Donations are also wanted. No clothing will be accepted. Cash donations are always welcome. Space is limited.

  • Do your part and Scoop the Poop

    posted on: 5/28/2019

    Rain or snow runoff can carry pet waste directly into waterways or storm drains, which usually empty without any treatment into a stream, river, or estuary. Untreated fecal matter can be a source of harmful bacteria and nutrients. Just as we don’t want human sewage in our water, it is important to prevent pet waste from being carried into our waterways.

    It isn’t just water quality that can suffer. Leaving pet waste on the ground, especially in public areas like parks or playing fields, may pose a risk to children, adults, and even pets.

    Pet waste carries disease causing organisms such as Giardia and Salmonella which can make water unsafe for drinking or swimming; to protect the public from illness, swimming beaches and shellfish beds can be shut down due to bacterial contamination, and pet waste can be a cause of that contamination.

  • Dover Memorial Day ceremony is May 27

    posted on: 5/24/2019

    Memorial Day services in Dover will be held on Monday, May 27, 2019, at 6 p.m., at Pine Hill Cemetery.

    The ceremony will include guest speakers, the playing of Taps, placing of the wreath, massing of the colors by the Naval Junior ROTC, an invocation and closing prayer. Mayor Karen Weston will give opening remarks.

    The ceremony is organized by the Dover Veterans Council and is held rain or shine.

  • City Hall closed Memorial Day; Trash pickup delayed by one day

    posted on: 5/24/2019

    City administrative offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2019, in observance of Memorial Day. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, May 28, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    The Dover Public Library will also be closed on Monday, May 27.

    In addition, there is no trash pickup and curbside recycling on Monday, May 27. Trash and recycling pickup will be delayed by one day the week of May 27.

    Memorial Day is also one of several parking holidays each year, during which time motorists are not required to pay for parking.

  • Dover Open Lands Committee plans Community Trail cleanup

    posted on: 5/19/2019; updated: 5/23/2019

    The Dover Open Lands Committee invites everyone to pitch in during the "Dover Community Trail Trash Takedown" on Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Help keep the Dover Community Trail clean by picking up trash and other debris along the route. Be sure to wear suitable shoes for muddy areas. Bring your own gloves and trash pickers.

    Please sign-up by May 25. You can sign up online here:

    Once registered, you will receive an email with your trail section assignment including meeting location and team lead. If you are unable to sign-up prior to the event, meet at the Rotary Trailhead (near the Train Station) on the day of the cleanup.

  • Spaulding Turnpike night work in Dover

    posted on: 5/21/2019

    The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces night work on the Spaulding Turnpike (NH 16) to facilitate the opening of the new Exit 6 northbound off-ramp from the Spaulding Turnpike to US Route 4, and the expansion of the northbound Spaulding Turnpike from two to three lanes across the Little Bay Bridge in Newington and Dover.

    Through Wednesday, May 22, nighttime construction operations will take place on the Spaulding Turnpike between Exit 3 and Exit 6 in order to open the new Exit 6 northbound off-ramp to US Route 4 in Dover, and to expand the northbound Spaulding Turnpike from two to three lanes across the Little Bay Bridge.

    Temporary northbound lane closures will be in place each night in order to allow for the placement of pavement markings and the relocation of temporary concrete barrier. The duration of this night work is expected to be three nights, with the goal of providing the third northbound lane over the Little Bay Bridge before the Memorial Day holiday weekend. This work is weather dependent. Adverse weather conditions would delay this work to the next available nights.

  • Placement of flowers at Pine Hill Cemetery

    posted on: 5/20/2019

    Flowers may be placed on lots at Pine Hill Cemetery seven days before May 30 and must be removed no later than seven days after May 30, 2019. No flowers may be planted in the ground. No glass or breakable containers will be permitted on the lot. Only lots that have monuments with extended bases or cement pads on the side of the monument will be allowed to display flowers after June 6.

    Items that do not conform with the above rules and regulations (such as solar lights, remembrance lights, wooden signs, shepherds hooks and personal items) will be removed and disposed of by the Cemetery Department.

  • Road closures and traffic restrictions in place Sunday for road race

    posted on: 5/16/2019

    On Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 10 a.m., the Spirit of Recovery 5K Run/Walk event will be held at Liberty Mutual on Liberty Way. This event is part of the Dover Race Series.

    Between 10 and 10:15 a.m., Sixth Street will be closed in both directions to accommodate the early portion of the race course, between the Indian Brook Drive and Liberty Way intersection and the Education Way and Venture Drive intersection.

    Motorists should expect lane shifts and brief delays on Sixth Street between 10 and 11 a.m. Dover Police officers will be on hand to help control the flow of traffic. Parking for the event will be at Liberty Mutual, 100 Liberty Way. The course follows an out-and-back route utilizing Liberty Way, Sixth Street, and Education Way (Measured Progress).

  • Mount Vernon Street tree trimming begins May 15

    posted on: 5/8/2019

    Community Services crews will begin trimming trees on Mount Vernon Street on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. The work will occur on weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tree trimming work is expected to conclude in three to four weeks.

    The scheduled tree trimming on Mount Vernon Street is to prepare the road for upcoming paving work.

    While the work is ongoing, traffic delays are possible.

  • Drain line work begins May 13 on Belknap, Folsom and Saint Thomas streets

    posted on: 5/7/2019

    On Monday, May 13, 2019, drain line and utility work will begin on Belknap Street, Folsom Street and Saint Thomas Street.

    The work will occur weekdays, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., for approximately three weeks, weather permitting. While the work is ongoing, on-street parking is prohibited. In addition, the following traffic restrictions will be in place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

  • Arbor Day Foundation names Dover Tree City USA

    posted on: 5/6/2019

    Dover was named a 2018 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.

    Dover achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

    "Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand," said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it's through volunteer engagement or public education."

  • Parking and traffic restrictions in place Saturday for road race

    posted on: 5/3/2019

    Dover Police Chief William M. Breault announces the following road closures and parking restrictions for the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s annual 5K Run/Walk event. On Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 9 a.m., the following downtown streets will be closed briefly to all traffic. These closures should last about 10 to 15 minutes:

  • Celebrate Dover's commitment to organic turf at Saturday's Field Day

    posted on: 5/1/2019

    Stonyfield and the City of Dover on Saturday will celebrate the transition of Woodman Park’s field to an organic maintenance plan, keeping the field free of pesticides.

    Celebrate with us from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Woodman Park. The free Field Day is full of fun, live music, info on organic field maintenance, and of course, Stonyfield yogurt.

    Last fall, Stonyfield Organic selected Dover as one of 10 communities nationwide to receive a $5,000 grant as part of the company's StonyFields #PlayFree initiative. StonyFields #PlayFree aims to help convert public fields and parks to organic grounds management, ensuring fields and community spaces are free from the use of toxic pesticides and harmful chemicals.

  • Dover accepts donation of conservation easement on Spruce Lane Extension

    posted on: 4/29/2019

    The Dover Open Lands Committee announced that the City of Dover has accepted the generous donation of a conservation easement on four acres of land owned by Dorothy Chorlian of Spruce Lane Extension. The property abuts a city owned 24-acre conservation property that has frontage on the Bellamy River. This conservation easement provides an additional access point to enable the public to walk to the larger City property.

    Chorlian decided to conserve the property to honor the memory of her mother-in-law Anna Chorlian and her husband Jonathan.

  • Energy coalition names Dover 2019 Municipal Energy Champion

    posted on: 4/27/2019

    At the culmination of New Hampshire Energy Week, an annual event hosted by the New Hampshire’s Energy Future partnership, the City of Dover was named 2019 Municipal Energy Champion for its forward-thinking efforts over the years. The awards selection committee recognized Dover’s conversion to smart LED street lighting, municipal solar panel installations, and first-in-the-nation greenhouse gas and nitrogen inventory report among the city’s accomplishments in improving energy efficiency and transitioning to renewable energy sources.

    Assistant City Planner Elena Piekut, staff liaison to the Dover Energy Commission, accepted the award on the City’s behalf at a ceremony at Concord’s Kimball Jenkins Estate. She pointed out that the unique, sculptural award was created by New Hampshire furniture designer and artist Vivian Beer, and bears resemblance to Beer’s work in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston permanent collection.

  • Dover Police to hold 'Drug Take-Back Day' April 27

    posted on: 4/22/2019

    On Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Dover Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent prescription drug and opioid abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Medications can be brought to the Dover Police Department at 46 Chestnut St. for disposal. The service is free, anonymous, and no questions will be asked.

    Dover, like communities across the state, continues to see the impacts of the opioid epidemic. Just last year, Dover experienced 11 fatal opioid overdoses in the city in addition to dozens of non-fatal overdoses.

    “We know there is a strong connection between prescription drug misuse and heroin use," said Police Chief William Breault. "If we can prevent prescription drug misuse we are in turn taking steps toward preventing overdoses. We urge all members of the public to safely dispose of the medications in their homes at the Drug Take Back."

  • Dover Pride Clean Up Day is May 11

    posted on: 4/12/2019; updated: 4/20/2019

    One of Dover Main Street's flagship activities, Dover Pride Clean Up Day, will be held on Saturday, May 11, from 8 a.m. to noon.

    Dover Pride Clean Up event starts with a pancake breakfast served by the Kiwanis Club at 8 a.m. in the Mill Courtyard, 421 Central Ave. From there, hundreds of volunteers, with help from the City's of Dover's Community Services Department, will rake, prune, sweep, mulch, weed, paint and plant their way through multiple sites in the downtown area. Wentworth Greenhouses donates plants for the planters in the downtown core, which volunteers will help install. The event finishes with a pizza lunch back at the Mill Courtyard sponsored by Kendall Pond Pizza. Bottled water and soda is provided by Seacoast Coca-Cola.

    Clean Up Day is an opportunity for community members to give a few hours of time by contributing some sweat equity to make Dover look its best for the coming tourist season. This civic volunteer effort is an important aspect to help keep the downtown area clean and beautiful throughout the spring and summer, and also provides cost savings to the City of Dover.

  • Dover Indoor Pool to host Easter Egg Hunt April 20

    posted on: 4/16/2019

    The Dover Indoor Pool will host its second annual Easter Egg Hunt in the pool on Saturday, April 20, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

    Bring your family and friends to help scour the pool 10 eggs each, one of which may contain a prize. The Easter Egg Hunt will start at 4 p.m. in the pool. Additional games, activities and music are scheduled from 3:30-5 p.m.

    The Dover Indoor Pool is located at 9 Henry Law Ave.

  • Road closures, traffic restrictions in place Saturday for road race

    posted on: 4/11/2019

    Dover Police Chief William Breault announces the following road closures for the 7th annual SMA 5K run/walk event on Saturday, April 13, 2019, part of the Dover Race Series. More information is available at

    The event begins at 9 a.m. on Church Street. The course ends at the same location.

  • Listening sessions for Route 108 improvements continue

    posted on: 4/8/2019

    The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) will hold a public listening session in Somersworth on Thursday, May 2, 2019 to discuss proposed improvements to New Hampshire Route 108 in Dover, Somersworth, and Rochester. The public is invited and encouraged to attend to provide input on potential improvements.

    A listening session was previously held in Dover in March.

    The May 2 public listening session will be held at Somersworth High School, 18 Cemetery Road, beginning at 7 p.m. and ending at 9 p.m. A short presentation will be followed by open discussion of ideas and dialogue between the public and the NHDOT project team.

  • Budget presentations continue

    posted on: 4/5/2019

    The City Council held a budget workshop on Wednesday, April 3 to review several departmental budgets, including Education, Executive, Finance, Planning, the Library, and DoverNet. The workshop can be viewed here.

    Budget meetings and workshops will continue for the next several weeks.

    A public hearing on the school portion of the budget will be held at the next regular City Council meeting on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

  • Road closures, restrictions in place Sunday for race

    posted on: 4/5/2019

    Dover Police Chief William Breault announces the following road closures for the 38th annual Reds Shoe Barn “Race for a Better Community” event. It includes a 5-mile timed run and 2.4-mile untimed walking course, held simultaneously as part of the Dover Race Series. The event is organized by and benefits six local non-profit organizations that provide services in Strafford County. More information is available at

    The event begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 7, 2019 in front of Dover City Hall. Both courses end at Henry Law Park.

  • Planning Department offers numerous resources

    posted on: 4/4/2019

    Whether you own or rent your home, have lived in Dover your whole life or recently moved here, there are resources available to you via the Planning Department. Site plans, subdivisions, Master Plan chapters and other Planning Board items are not the only responsibilities of the Planning and Community Development Department.

    From wanting a new business sign to large special projects, the award-winning Planning Department comprises seven employees available to help with transportation, mapping, changing your property, visioning Dover’s future, trails, architecture, land use exceptions, changing regulations, conservation lands, waterfront development, CDBG funds, and more.

  • Committee seeks public input on rezoning options

    posted on: 3/28/2019

    On Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 7 p.m., the City of Dover invites residents, property and business owners to meet with the committee reviewing potential rezoning that promotes economic development and improved quality of life in Dover. This is a follow up to an earlier public hearing held by the committee in January.

    After reviewing transportation corridors and existing infrastructure, the committee has developed potential recommendations to present to the Planning Board. At its December 2018 meeting, the committee decided that prior to presenting a final report, it would invite the public to attend the Jan. 17 meeting to offer comments and proposals.

    At that meeting, a dozen residents attended and offered feedback on how they’d like to see Dover develop in the future, including focusing on areas the City has made significant infrastructure investment, the need for a mix of uses and continued support for walkable, bikable and transit oriented uses. Discussion included a review of how much of the city was zoned residential and how much of Dover’s land area is conserved.

  • Dover Chamber to host State of the City April 9

    posted on: 3/22/2019; updated: 3/27/2019

    The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce will host the annual state of the city on Tuesday, April 9, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., at the McConnell Center Cafe.

    Hear city leaders discuss their vision for the future and priorities for the upcoming year. This year's speakers are City Manager J. Michael Joyal, Jr., Superintendent of Schools William Harbron, City Planner Steve Bird and Library Director Cathleen Beaudoin.

    A question-and-answer session will follow the remarks.

  • Fiscal Year 2020 proposed budget before City Council March 27

    posted on: 3/25/2019

    City Manager J. Michael Joyal, Jr., will present the proposed fiscal year 2020 budget to the City Council on Wednesday, March 27, at 7 p.m., in Council Chambers at City Hall.

    The budget presentation is the first of several weeks of City Council budget meetings, workshops, and public hearings, before the City Council adopts a budget.

    The budget presentation on March 27 and all budget meetings and workshops are televised live on Channel 22 and available for on-demand viewing at

    A special page devoted to the fiscal year 2020 budget, which is updated throughout the budget process, can be found here at the city's Budget Revealed online resource.

  • Road closures, traffic restrictions in place for Run Before You Crawl

    posted on: 3/21/2019

    Dover Police Chief William Breault announces the following road closures for the sixth annual Run Before You Crawl 5K event, hosted by Dover Main Street and part of the Dover Race Series. More information is available at

    On Saturday, March 23, 2019 between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., Chestnut Street will be closed to all traffic southbound, between Sixth and Third streets. Additional partial closures will be in effect during brief periods to accommodate the race on Chestnut, Washington, Whittier and Sixth streets.

    The event starts and ends at the Dover Transportation Center. The course follows a clockwise loop of Chestnut, Washington, Whittier, Sixth and Chestnut streets. Dover police personnel and a number of event volunteers will be on hand to help manage the flow of traffic along the race route.

    Parking restrictions will be posted and in effect on Saturday morning along Sixth Street, from Hillside Drive to Chestnut Street, and in sections of the Transportation Center parking lot.

  • City to hold informational session on Spur Road reconstruction

    posted on: 3/18/2019

    The City of Dover will hold an public informational session on the upcoming Spur Road Reconstruction Project on Thursday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m., in the City Hall auditorium. Following the meeting, final documents will be prepared for bidding in April or May 2019.

    The City of Dover began the design process on the Spur Road Reconstruction project in the spring of 2018, with assistance from Underwood Engineers. A previous public information meeting was held on July 18, 2018 to present the project's scope, identify the anticipated schedule and listen to input from residents. During the meeting, the public expressed an interest in a wider road that could accommodate pedestrians and/or bicycles.