Hampton Beach Master Plan: Hampton Beach Over the Next 50 Years
The Master Plan includes the challenge to envision the future of Hampton Beach in fifty years. This challenge is linked to the perception that fundamental changes must occur and that patience may be required in order to realize the full implications of changes that will be made over the next few years.
It will become a community with distinctive districts catering to different needs. The center of Hampton Beach will be a dense and pleasant ocean front village, which is the liveliest place along the beach. Wide, pleasant sidewalks will support large numbers of people strolling along Ocean Boulevard, enjoying a range of restaurant, shopping and entertainment choices. But this district will retain a life and vitality that stretches from spring to fall. Winter will remain the quiet season, but even then the core district will retain a population of residents in quality housing and visitors to a core of restaurants and hotels that find it increasingly profitable to remain open, and cater to a niche market for meetings and weekend trips.
Hampton Beach will be known for the range of festivals and special events that are hosted there, throughout the summer and in other parts of the year. These events will cater to different interests and populations, so that anyone could have a good reason to enjoy a visit at least once a year.
The State Park will be recognized as a diverse and pleasant destination offering different experiences for different visitors, catering equally to families, young people, adults and seniors. It will have a string of three pavilions along the main beach, surrounded by broad public plazas that are crowded with people in the summer, enjoying the special events, using the restroom and changing facilities, participating in park-sponsored events, or simply enjoying the sport of watching each other. The southern end of the park will offer facilities for visitors who will enjoy a quieter visit to Hampton Beach, with facilities to make their visit more pleasant and interesting. While the State Park will retain its recreation and beach orientation, it will also attract those interested in the wildlife and ecology of the area and include new ways for the visitors to interpret and enjoy these assets.
The Beach will have a series of distinctive districts that provide varying mixes of year-round residential and hospitality uses, with sidewalk and bikeway connections within and among them. These districts will be characterized by buildings that reflect the New England beach character, and by landscaping that provides an important visual relief to the relatively high densities of the cluster, village-scale of the neighborhoods.
Economically, the value of the Beach to the economy of the Town and the State will be widely understood. There will be a regular program of capital improvements and maintenance projects to support local property values and business activity, to the long-term benefit of lower tax rates for everyone. The State will participate in this constant maintenance and redevelopment effort in order to sustain high quality programs and facilities because of the wider contribution that this investment will make to the seacoast region and the State.