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Posted on: July 30, 2014

City Chips Away at Island Wildfire Risk

Next week, August 4th - August 8th, the Maine Forest Service in partnership with the City of Portland’s Fire Department and Department of Public Services will begin work on Portland’s coastal islands by removing potential wildfire risks through the Defens...Read on...

Posted on: July 24, 2014

Portland ConnectED Hosts Summer Success Picnics to Celebrate a Summer of Healthy Food & Learning

Building on June 20th’s National Summer Learning Day kickoff, two back-to-back Portland “Summer Success Picnics” this week will offer free music, food, games, activities, and books to all children under 18, who are welcome to bring their family and caregi...Read on...

Posted on: July 16, 2014

Portland Launches Citywide Open Spaces Assessment & Comprehensive Planning Initiative

The City of Portland, The Trust for Public Land, and Portland Trails announced today that they are joining forces to launch a citywide open spaces assessment and comprehensive planning initiative that will engage interested organizations and residents in achieving a holistic vision for a system of fully functional open spaces, green spaces, city parks, gardens, and trails, used by residents and tourists alike, that contribute to Portland being a 21st century world-class city. To support the public engagement process that is necessary to achieve an inclusive vision, Portland Trails announced that it was recently awarded an $18,000 grant by the Lerner Foundation.

“I want to thank The Trust for Public Land and Portland Trails for partnering with us on this effort as we know how important open spaces are in sustaining great communities,” said City Manager Mark Rees. “City parks are a tremendous asset and contribute significantly to the quality of life we enjoy in Portland, but this effort will go beyond that by looking at ways in which we can improve our parks and open spaces and sustain them into the future. Additionally, I’m pleased that several of the expected outcomes directly respond to the Council’s 2014 Common Goals.”

In March, 2014, the City of Portland requested technical assistance from The Trust for Public Land – a leading national nonprofit land conservation organization – related to the accomplishment of specific tasks geared toward supporting a vision and a plan for the City’s open spaces and parks. These tasks include building a set of community open space goals and GIS based visualization tools to be used as a common basis for understanding what the city has today for parks, open spaces, gardens, and other publicly owned land. Outcomes will also include the development of an assessment tool (with public input) to look across city owned land and help guide decisions about which spaces may need more recreational facilities, trails, space to grow food, public art, additional protections and which are better suited to develop, how to improve park quality and access, and an assessment of resource needs.

The proposed work also includes The Trust for Public Land providing its expertise to identify options for sustainable funding. At the same time, Portland Trails applied for, and was granted, funding through the Lerner Foundation for the creation of a community wide vision for Portland’s open spaces. The Trust for Public Land and Portland Trails will work together with City staff on this project, with Portland Trails utilizing its grant funding to conduct the community engagement portion of the vision and planning process.

"We're delighted to work with the City, and Portland Trails, and glad that they sought out our technical expertise and recommendations,” said Wolfe Tone, Maine State Director for the Trust for Public Land. “There are a wealth of open space assets in this community in addition to our city's parks, trails and gardens, particularly the dozens of dedicated local stakeholders and stewards who care about these spaces deeply. We are honored to work on behalf of these existing assets and stakeholders, along with other open space lovers in Portland, to build consensus on a collective future open space vision for Portland as a community."

The group will work to undertake feasibility research, conduct a public opinion survey, and develop strategies for consideration. This process will also include a review of existing relevant master plan documents. The group realizes that it is not possible to achieve its goals without the alignment of the various interested parties, constituencies and open space initiatives to ensure there is cross communication and collaboration with the existing City of Portland Parks Commission, the Land Bank, and City staff.

“We are excited for the opportunity that the Lerner Foundation grant presents to us and we’re eager to begin the public engagement process,” said Kara Wooldrik, Executive Director of Portland Trails. “We will facilitate a series of public meetings, beginning in the fall, aimed at developing a community wide open spaces vision that will set the course for Portland’s future.”

About The Trust for Public Land
The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Nearly ten million people live within a ten-minute walk of a Trust for Public Land park, garden, or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year. Learn more at www.tpl.org.

About Portland Trails
Portland Trails has nearly 70 miles of trails in and around Portland, including Back Cove, Fore River Sanctuary, the Stroudwater and Presumpscot Rivers, East End and Bayside Trails. Each year more trails are connecting hikers, cyclists, and runners to Greater Portland. Since 1991, Portland Trails has turned abandoned city lots and tracts of land that have been donated to the land trust into places to discover wildlife, exercise, and enjoy a peaceful respite in the city. Learn more at www.trails.orgRead on...

Posted on: July 8, 2014

Municipal Nomination Papers Now Available in Clerk's Office

Nomination papers are now available at the City Clerks office for the following seats:
City Council - District 4, District 5
School Board - District 4, District 5, At-large
Peaks Island Council
For me information go to:

November Municipal Election
Posted on: June 30, 2014

Traffic Calming Measures Coming to Libbytown & Rosemont Neighborhoods

The City of Portland recently outlined a plan to introduce traffic calming measures to ten streets between Congress Street and Brighton Avenue in the Libbytown and Rosemont neighborhoods. The $335,000 project is an effort to calm traffic on these neighbor...Read on...

Posted on: June 25, 2014

Free Concerts in City Parks this Summer!

The City of Portland once again is pleased to partner with its sponsor organizations to announce the lineup for this year’s Summer in the Parks Concerts series. The concerts will be held throughout the city in July and August. All concerts are free!

Vi...Read on...

Posted on: June 20, 2014

Kiwanis Pool Opens Monday, June 23, 2014

On Monday, June 23rd, the Kiwanis Pool opens to the community for ten weeks during the summer. Swim classes are scheduled to begin July 30. The pool’s open swim hours are seven days a week, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM, and Monday-Friday 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Adult lap...Read on...

Posted on: June 20, 2014

Students Take Pledge to Prevent "Summer Slide"

Friday, June 20th is the last day of school, but that does not mean that learning, growth, and activity come to a stop. In fact, Friday, June 20th is also National Summer Learning Day, just the beginning of a coordinated city effort to keep students heal...Read on...

Posted on: June 19, 2014

City Council Adopts Zoning Changes to Encourage Infill Development & Housing Along Forest Ave

At its June 16 meeting, the Portland City Council adopted changes to the City’s zoning codes that will encourage infill development and housing along Forest Avenue. These changes come out of a City goal of producing more housing as well as the Transformin...Read on...

Posted on: June 18, 2014

134 Washington Avenue Project to Bring 18 New Affordable Housing Units

The City of Portland continues to make strides in its efforts to increase Portland’s housing stock, and provide more affordable housing with the recent approval of Avesta Housing’s development project at 134 Washington Avenue. The $3 million four-story pr...Read on...

Posted on: June 13, 2014

2014 Cruise Season Underway in Portland

The 2014 cruise season is currently underway in Portland. The City’s port will host 74 cruise ship visits with more than 82,000 passengers between June and November. This season the city will also see five maiden voyages, an unprecedented number. Maiden v...Read on...

Posted on: June 12, 2014

Portland Treasury Office Now Issues Vehicle Registration Plates

Effective May 7, 2014, the City of Portland is now able to issue automobile and trailer registration plates under the Bureau of Motor Vehicles' municipal registration program. Portland residents are now able to complete their initial registration at City Hall and receive new plates. Previously, for their first registration, Portland residents had to pay excise tax at City Hall, and then go to a BMV branch office to pay for their registration and plates.

BMV staff worked closely with staff in Portland's Treasury Office to make this happen. The City of Portland also participates in Rapid Renewal, the online service that makes it possible for residents to renew their motor vehicle registration and pay local excise tax in one simple transaction. For more information on the Rapid Renewal program, please click here.

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Posted on: June 12, 2014

City Awards Concession Operations for Various Park Locations

The City of Portland has awarded six food truck and push cart operators with concession rights for six city park locations.

The following food trucks and push carts will operate in these locations:

· Congress Square Plaza – Small Axe Food T...Read on...

Posted on: June 11, 2014

City Manager Presents FY 2015 CIP Plan

The Finance Committee will began its discussion of the City Manager’s Recommended 2015 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) tomorrow night at the Finance Committee’s regularly scheduled meeting.

The CIP presents the City’s capital needs in the current year ...Read on...

Posted on: May 30, 2014

Deering Oaks Ravine Opens This Weekend!

Looking for a place to cool off with the kids this weekend? Make a splash at the Deering Oaks Ravine, which will open for the season on Saturday, May 31. The Ravine features underground fountains and a wading pool and is a popular spot for families lookin...Read on...

Posted on: April 18, 2011

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Posted on: October 28, 2011

Website Personalization Now Available!

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Posted on: April 18, 2011

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