Welcome to the Walter Burns Memorial Fishing Day for Special Needs Children. This is a day where all the children with special needs can come and fish FREE OF CHARGE for the day and have fun. This program is sponsored by the Piscataqua Fish and Game Club, Inc., PO Box 722, Portsmouth, NH 03802-0722. Visit our web site at; www.piscataqua-club.org Fishing Day for 2012 was again a great success. Thanks everyone
The story on how we began
Conceived of in 1977 by Walter Burns, a "Lifetime" member of the Piscataqua Fish and Game Club, Inc., the first "Fishing Day for Handicapped Children" was held in May of 1978. It was held at the "Canning Factory Pond" on Portsmouth Ave. in Greenland, NH with approximately a dozen volunteers, three schools and donations from area businesses and organizations. Over the years the name was modified to be politically correct to include more children. As many as 130 children attended our largest fishing day. Upon Walter's Passing, it was decided unanimously by the club, to rename the fishing day in his honor for the work and dedication he bestowed upon the children of the area, I do not say the seacoast area, because children as far away as Concord, NH have been in attendance. The children's ages range from 4 and 5 year olds, to as old as 16 years old. Attendance is not limited to children in schools, as we welcome all Children with Special Needs to the "Walter Burns Memorial Fishing Day for Special Needs Children ". We have been holding fishing day for 34 years, 3 of which we were rained out.
After losing use of the pond where we held the fishing day for 22 years, we have been allowed the use of "Sanderson's Pond" located at 682 Post Road, Greenland, NH, by Ted Sanderson for our 26th event in 27 years. This will be our 14th year at this location and our 34th annual fishing day. We hope this will be the continuation of a wonderful tradition.