Stark Park

A stewardship of the Friends of Stark Park

Friends of Stark Park

In 2004 a group of concerned citizens founded the Friends of Stark Park (FSP), an organization whose mission is "to develop, revitalize, maintain, and protect the heritage and recreational use of Stark Park as an historic asset of the City of Manchester" ...

Stark Park

Stark Park occupies a 30 acre tract that was once the site of the Stark Family farm in Manchester’s north end. The park was dedicated in 1893 and along with Derryfield Park, became one of the first public parks in Manchester and a source of great pride for the City. Much of that pride stemmed from an appreciation of the role of General John Stark in the American Revolution...

General John Stark

General John Stark, born in Londonderry in 1728, was New Hampshire’s foremost Revolutionary War hero and author of New Hampshire’s motto “Live free or Die. Death is not the worst of evils" ...

Master Plan

Martha Lyon, Landscape Architect, consultant to the City of Manchester - Parks and Recreation Department has unveiled specific recommendations for restoring the landscape of Stark Park. The FSP has agreed that the master plan strive as much as possible to restore the landscape to the late 19th, early 20th century design...

Gravesite Restoration 

In 2012 the Friends of Stark Park chose the restoration of the Stark Family Gravesite as their next big project. We had already completed the construction of our wonderful Hecker*Hastings bandstand in 2009 and the repair and restoration of the General Stark equestrian statue, finished in 2010...