Portland Bayside Trail

Portland Bayside Trail, Maine. Photo: Jerry&Marcy MonkmanPhoto credit: Jerry&Marcy Monkman

As a port city, Portland's waterfront was the town's identifying feature for its first two and a half centuries. On the other side of town, the “Bayside” served mainly industrial purposes. In 2005, the City of Portland purchased a 13.2-acre former railroad property that runs through the Bayside neighborhood from the Eastern Promenade to Deering Oaks Park. It was the first step toward fulfilling the vision of a new Portland filled with community parks. The Trust for Public Land stepped in to take the project from concept to reality, spearheading construction and helping to raise the $1.6 million needed to build the Bayside Trail.

Today, the Bayside Trail has turned a former industrial area into a livable, walkable, vibrant urban amenity. The trail, together with pocket parks, gardens, and public gathering areas, is a focal point for community activities. It contributes to the economic vitality of the city, and improves the quality of life for the tens of thousands of neighbors and visitors. In addition to providing a safe, pedestrian friendly pathway through the Bayside neighborhood, this ribbon of green provides a new gateway for Maine’s largest city.