Parks Commission

Portland, Maine

    Meetings

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
First Thursday of each month
City Hall 
389 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04101
Room 24 (Basement Level)

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About the Commission


The Parks Commission is a group of volunteer members of the community who are interested in the stewardship of the City of Portland Parks. Each month the Commission meets with the Director of Parks, Recreation & Facilities Department and the Parks Director to review projects and proposals.

The Commission also receives citizen input prior to and during each monthly public meeting to provide recommendations to the Director of Parks, Recreation & Facilities and the City Council.

mission statement


The Mission of the Portland Parks Commission is to advocate for the enhancement and stewardship of our parks and open spaces, to review and propose projects that impact parks and open spaces and recommend appropriate action, to foster collaboration among park users and the City, to promote public access and enjoyment of our parks and open spaces, and to advocate for public and private funding for parks and open spaces.  Enjoy Portland for Life! 


Commission Members

  • Amy Segal, At Large
  • Ana Lagunez, At Large
  • Chelsea Malacara, Portland Trails Rep.
  • Colette Bouchard - "I have lived in Portland since 1983 and have been on the board of the Bayside Neighborhood Association (BNA) since its start in 1999. I served on committees to plan, design, and fund the Bayside Trail and have also been involved in identifying tree sites, doing cleanups, and improving the community garden. Helping to make our city more beautiful, safe, and healthy for all of us is an enjoyable and very worthwhile pursuit."
  • Councilor Brian Batson
  • Craig Lapine, At Large, - "Craig Lapine founded and directs Cultivating Community, a Maine-based organization that grows sustainable communities by expanding access to healthy, local food; by empowering youth and adults to play diverse roles in restoring a local, sustainable food system; and by modeling, teaching, and advocating for ecological food production. Cultivating Community’s programs include Maine’s largest land-based farmer training program, extensive youth programming, the Good Food Bus, a mobile fresh food market, as well as the City of Portland’s community garden network. Craig has served on the Portland Parks Commission since 2015. In addition, he holds leadership roles within the Portland Food Council, the Cumberland County Food Security Council, and Food Solutions New England. He lives in Portland's Oakdale neighborhood with his wife and three children."
  • Cynthia Loebenstein, Friends of Evergreen Cemetery - "Cynthia is a resident in the Deering Center area of Portland where she has lived for 30 years raising two daughters with her husband Tom. She is a practicing architect and a past president of the Friends of Evergreen (Cemetery). As a tennis player, hiker, biker and paddler, she is an avid proponent of Portland Parks and is proud of this beautiful city by the sea."
  • Dory Waxman, Chair, At Large
  • Marie Gray, Friends of Deering Oaks Park Rep
  • Meri Lowry, Land Bank Representative -"I am an independent civic & social organization professional, currently serving on 5 state and local commissions and boards of directors. I love living in Portland, a city my family and I treasure as a vital city, attracting vital people."
  • Michael Mertaugh, At Large - "I came to Portland in 2008 after a thirty-year career as an economist for the World Bank, working with governments on projects and policy analysis in in more than thirty countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and the former Soviet Union. Portland's magnificent parks were one of the reasons why my wife and I decided to relocate to Maine. I currently am a trustee of the Friends of Evergreen Cemetery, and until recently served on the Board of Greater Portland Landmarks. I am pleased to be able to serve on Portland's Parks Commission to help protect and improve our magnificent parks as a permanent asset for all of Portland's residents and visitors."
  • Nathan Robbins, V. Chair, At Large -"He has worked in state and local park systems since 2007 and, as a Portland resident, is a regular user of and advocate for the city’s parks. He is proud to be on Portland’s Parks Commission and is passionate about parks as a means to grow and maintain economic vitality, offer a respite for healthy recreation and reflection, provide clean air and water, support wildlife, and link communities together."
  • Zack Anchors, Friends of Eastern Prom. Rep. -"He is a native of Old Town, Maine who now lives on Munjoy Hill and serves on the board of the Friends of the Eastern Promenade. He owns Portland Paddle, a sea kayaking and paddleboarding outfitter based at the East End Beach. Zack also works as a freelance writer and teacher."

Staff Members

  • Ethan Hipple, Deputy Director of Parks, Recreation & Facilities
  • Matt Coleman, Parks Manager
  • Alli Carroll, Senior Administrative Officer

Parks Commission Annual Report

Historical Park Commission Annual Reports

Green Space Gathering


The Green Space Gathering is an annual occasion for the Parks Commission and the public to celebrate the significant triumphs the City's parks have made throughout the year.