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.
The mission of the Portland Parks Commission is to advocate for the enhancement and stewardship of our parks and open spaces. Review and propose projects that impact parks and open spaces and recommend action. Foster collaboration among park users and the City. Promotes public access and enjoyment. Advocate for public and private funding for parks and open spaces. Enjoy Portland for Life.
- Councilor Belinda Ray - "Belinda Ray was elected to the Portland City Council in 2015, having run on a platform that included enhancing bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, increasing ADA compliance, and improving public transit, with an overall goal of keeping Portland livable, walkable, bikeable, and accessible for all. As a cyclist, mountain biker, hiker, cross-country skier, and pedestrian, Ray has long valued the urban, suburban, and rural trail systems and open spaces in the Greater Portland region and beyond. She is pleased to serve as the Council's representative on the Parks Commission, which helps to protect, promote, and preserve these valuable natural resources in the city."
- Amy Segal
- Carol Hutchins, Friends of Deering Oaks -"I have lived in the Bayside Neighborhood for the past 14 years. I am employed at the Dow house, and an active member for the Friends of Deering Oaks. I have two lovely grown children living in CT. I am interested in the history of Portland and love the parks."
- Chelsea Malacara
- Colette Bouchard
- 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
- Jaime Parker, V.Chair, Portland Trails Rep. - "Jaime has lived on Munjoy Hill for 20 years and has enjoyed just about every single one of Portland's amazing parks and open spaces, as well as the trails and streets that link them all. Jaime has two boys attending Portland Public Schools, and they have recently realized that the City is their oyster! They know they are lucky to be living in such an amazing city, with woods waters and parks galore. Jaime represents Portland Trails on the Parks Commission."
- 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, 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.
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. Please stay tuned for this Spring's 7th annual Green Space Gathering information!