Parks for People–Portland, Maine

Bayside Trail, Portland, MainePhoto credit: Jerry and Marcy Monkman

Portland boasts an enviable system of parks and trails, treasured by residents and tourists alike. But as the city's population grows the community must evaluate open space priorities. For more than 20 years, The Trust for Public Land, Portland Trails, and the City of Portland have worked together to protect and construct of some of Portland’s most cherished open space assets. We are now working with these partners to spearhead creation of the Portland Open Space Vision and Implementation Plan, a system-wide plan for future open-space protection and improvement.

Portland’s open-space visioning kicked off with a series of inclusive public meetings led by Portland Trails. The Trust for Public Land is employing award-winning GIS tools to map existing conditions and identify possible new open space opportunities. Following comment from community groups representing health, education, architecture, business, open space and other interests, we’ll prioritize opportunities that meet community goals and develop practical ways to implement them.

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Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3.3 million acres and completed more than 5,400 park and conservation projects.